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Maurice Jones-Drew's Updated Fantasy Outlook After Reported Eugene Monroe Trade

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 2, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe is reportedly set to be traded to the Baltimore Ravens as of Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:

That makes the fantasy football outlook for Jags superstar running back Maurice Jones-Drew all the more ominous.

Credit Jones-Drew for his loyalty to a franchise that has made the playoffs just once since his arrival as a second-round pick in the 2006 draft, but his patience has to be wearing thin at this point.

The 28-year-old is approaching the unenviable age of 30, where many top-flight backs begin to decline. Behind a lackluster offensive line and a horrific complementary passing game in 2013 thus far, he has run for just 138 yards on 2.4 per carry with one touchdown.

Monroe's departure compounds the problems Jacksonville is having offensively.

As long as Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne start at quarterback, things aren't going to get better for Jones-Drew or the Jags' offense as a whole.

The Jaguars are 30th in the NFL in passing (175 ypg) and 31st in rushing (49 ypg).
The Jaguars are 30th in the NFL in passing (175 ypg) and 31st in rushing (49 ypg).Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The only saving grace may be the return of wide receiver Justin Blackmon in Week 5. It should help open up Jacksonville's passing game at least a little bit, perhaps giving Jones-Drew better running lanes.

Then again, head coach Gus Bradley is still sticking with Gabbert, who has a total QBR of 1.4 this season. Jones-Drew is an established receiving threat, yet he is on pace for a mere 16 receptions and 100 yards this year.

Even the St. Louis Rams' 30th-ranked rush defense won't be enough to get him back on track.

Absent of any threat to pass whatsoever, the Jags' Week 5 opponent can stack the box to stuff Jones-Drew all afternoon in the Edward Jones Dome. Entering this week's slate of games, none of the teams remaining on the 0-4 Jaguars schedule have a losing record, either.

Jones-Drew is in a nightmarish situation. He's probably thankful that his 2012 holdout didn't result in a contract extension, because he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, per Spotrac.com.

It's likely Jones-Drew will never succeed in the Jags' backfield ever again. 2013 looks as though it will be his worst season yet, and he is liable to depart before next season given the putrid state of the team.

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