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2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Maurice Jones-Drew

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2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Maurice Jones-Drew

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in rebuilding mode for five seasons now. They have had a top-10 pick in five straight years and are currently sitting at 0-7. Third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been a bust and the lack of an explosive playmaker has made the offense stagnant all year. Teams are often putting eight in the box in order to stop the Jaguars run game, which is led by Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew is in his eighth year out of UCLA and has never played for a team other than Jacksonville. He is a three time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro. He also led the NFL in rushing in 2011 when he accounted for almost 48 percent of the Jaguars total yards.

Jones-Drew was injured for most of the 2012 season. He only played in the team's first six games and had the worst year of his career. Before 2012, Jones-Drew had played in at least 14 games in every season and never had less than seven total TDs. Last year, he only rushed for one and caught one in him limited playing time.

Hoping for a new contract, Jones-Drew was looking to rebound and have a strong 2013 campaign. With a young team around him and no Quarterback, he has found it difficult to run the ball this year. He has carried the ball 103 times for only 316 yards in seven games. He is averaging only 3.1 yard per carry and only 45 yards per game. He also hasn't contributed much in the passing game with 10 catches for 63 yards and no scores.

Jones-Drew has always been a potent pass catcher. Before last year, the least amount of receptions he has ever had was 34 in a year. He had had seasons with as much as 62 and 53 catches and has scored 11 career TDs through the air.

Jones-Drew lack of production may be due to the lack of firepower on the Jacksonville offense. I happen to think he is disinterested in playing for Jacksonville anymore and doesn’t want to sit through another rebuild. With his contract up at the end of the year, he is trying to stay healthy in hopes of landing one more big deal. If Jacksonville was to trade him to one of these five teams, they could receive decent compensation and Jones-Drew will get back to being the player he was two years ago.

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5. Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos drafted Montee Ball to be their lead back in 2013. He has had trouble with consistency and holding onto the ball, so they have given the job to Knowshon Moreno. Even though Moreno has been playing the best football of his career, he isn't the overall back Jones-Drew is. If you combined the three Running Backs in Denver into one, you would get a fumble prone version Jones-Drew. He would provide an immediate upgrade in not only the running game but in the passing game as well.

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4. Dallas Cowboys

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If DeMarco Murray were completely healthy, the Cowboys would not be on this list. He has been injury prone in his career and the lack of depth behind him at the position could be the biggest downfall for the Cowboys this year. Last week without Murray, the Cowboys managed only 74 yards on 26 carries which is an average of 2.8.

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3. Miami Dolphins

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The issue with the Miami Dolphins running game has been more of a problem with the Offensive Line and not so much an issue with Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas. However, trading for Jones-Drew would give Miami a back that can pass protect for Ryan Tannehill as well as make himself a receiver out of the backfield. The Dolphins have also struggled in short yardage situations, which is something Jones-Drew has excelled in throughout his career.

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2. New England Patriots

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Running the ball has never been the focal point of the Patriots' offense under Bill Belichick. However, with Tom Brady struggling to find any consistency with his receivers, they need the help on offense. Stevan Ridley has been a disappointment this year. He hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game and has only one game where he rushed for more than 53 yards. Jones-Drew can bring the same consistency that Corey Dillon did to the position and be the difference in the Patriots just making the playoffs or making a serious push to the Super Bowl.

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1. New York Jets

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The New York Jets were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. They are starting a rookie QB and have no legitimate threat on offense. However, the defense has kept them in games and Geno Smith has been able to win games late. They have been getting buy with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory at Running Back. Trading for Jones-Drew would give them the perfect Rex Ryan Running Back who can control the clock and run between the tackles as well as catch the ball out of the backfield and provide protection for Smith. If the Jets feel like they can contend the rest of the year, upgrading to Jones-Drew would give them a spark the rest of this year and perhaps beyond.