Where Would Maurice Jones-Drew Fit Best in 2014?
When the Jacksonville Jaguars took on the Houston Texans Sunday, chances are there were several options you had instead of watching such a game. Entering Sunday, the teams had a combined three wins between them and neither has much to play for at this point in the year.
But, one of the highlights of the game — and there weren’t many — was the play of Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. At times, he looked like his former self including on a 44-yard run en route to 144 total yards in the game. Jones-Drew also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, giving his fantasy owners something to finally cheer about after a very inconsistent year.
Jones-Drew is in the last year of his contract, as we all should know, and after this season I’m sure he’ll be looking to go to a contender at this point in his career. After so many years being the highlight of such a horrendous franchise, the short and stocky former Pro Bowler will likely be on his way out of Jacksonville.
Even on a Jaguars team that has been so bad for this long, Jones-Drew has managed to average over 4.0 yards per carry in every season of his career — except 2013. Last year, he only played in six games due to injury and this season he does not look like the same guy we were used to watching in previous season.
The 8-year veteran will be 29 years old next season, and, depending on where he signs his career looks like it could be on a downward slope. One particular team I think he’d fit well with is the likes of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.
The Patriots are always up for taking on some well-established veterans looking for a place to win a Super Bowl. Jones-Drew would join a backfield featuring a few capable backs, but more importantly he’d give them a number-one back that can do a little extra for an offense needing consistency from the run game.
Starting Jones-Drew with guys like Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley mixed in could be a recipe for quite the three-headed monster for the Patriots. Not to mention, Jones-Drew’s health and career would be in good hands as Belichick would carve out an ideal role for the tenured running back.
It’ll be interesting to see where he lands next year, but I can guarantee you it won’t be back in Jacksonville. Maybe, just maybe, New England will find themselves a perfect piece to their puzzle.