The New York Jets stayed quiet on the first day of NFL free agency, but most are expecting that to change on day two or three. Rumors are swirling about Eric Decker possibly signing on in New York and there’s also buzz about Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jets are apparently interested in bringing in the veteran running back, which makes sense because they need to significantly upgrade their offense.
Would the Jets be getting the MJD we saw tear it up back in 2011? No way. But there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t be a solid contributor from the backfield.
Jones-Drew is now two years out from lisfranc surgery and figures to be in better shape than he was a season ago. His workload was significantly lessened last season in Jacksonville, as he carried the ball only 234 times, a big decrease in carries from year’s past.
At the same time, MJD also ran for a career-low average of 3.4 yards per carry in 2013. More than anything, that fact should concern the Jets. It’s really a question of if they think he’s in for a bounce back season and if he’s ready to accept a more limited role. If both things are accurate, then a partnership between the two sides makes sense.
I believe Jones-Drew has a good amount of gas left in the tank. Sure, his days of 1,000-yard seasons are probably over, but that’s not what the Jets are going to count on him for. He’d likely play a role similar to what LT did during his days in green. Adding MJD to a backfield where Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell already reside, would no doubt give the Jets three very solid ball-carriers in 2014.