Jets interested in Maurice Jones-Drew

The Jets are among a few teams interested in Maurice Jones-Drew (Mehta, March 24).

The Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers are also interested in bringing in the former Jacksonville running back. He visited the Steelers last week, but did not get a contract.

MJD, over eight seasons and 114 games, have over 8,000 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns. He runs for an average of 4.5 yards per attempt in his career.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We’ve written on a few occasions that adding a player like Jones-Drew would be a wise move for the Jets.  What the Jets need most is a third-down and pass catching running back who can provide some playmaking splash for the offense.  Ivory is not gifted as a pass-catching running back.  Bilal Powell had 36 catches (second most on the team) in 2013, his longest catch was for 36 yards yet he never ended a game with more than 50 yards receiving.

MJD is one of the league’s best pass blockers at his position and during MJD’s whole career, there was only one year in which Jacksonville fielded a better than mediocre offensive line, the 2010 group anchored by Eugene Monroe and Brad Meester.  Could MJD see a resurgence if paired with a competent offense?  While we believe Jags GM David Caldwell will turn things around in Jacksonville, it won’t be soon enough for Jones-Drew.

Of course with multiple teams courting him, Jones-Drew will likely get to pick the team he would like to join.  At this point in his career we’d expect MJD would want to join on with a club that offers him the best chance at a championship and it would be hard for him to pass up New England.  If the Jets can get competitive on compensation, then maybe the running back can be swayed elsewhere.

While some might point to Mike Goodson’s roster spot, Jones-Drew is a vastly superior player and Goodson’s legal woes and durability concerns make the transition an easy one to justify.

Regardless of who is throwing the ball, adding MJD at a bargain rate or a pass-catching running back like him would provide the boost that the Jets need.  While the Jets could consider the draft what with their 12 draft picks, but they would be getting a much more raw pass-blocker.  Paying a blocker who has some playmaking ability and veteran smarts seems the wiser choice.




144 comments
machoking
machoking

MJD would be a great addition, unfortunately we will prob lose out to NE and have him haunt us.  I am still keeping the faith though. MJD would be perfect for a young QB to work with OR an aging one to pass too. 

Ed D
Ed D

I like the oppurtunity to add young players with all these picks BUT


Idzik has got to do something about our secondary...its worse than last year. And if we send a bunch of rookies out there against some of the QBs on our schedule...we're in trouble


He has to make a deal for a corner

twin
twin

BMORE RACKED UP....3RD #99, 4TH #134, #138, 5TH #175  NOT BAD...

SackDance99
SackDance99

Maybe the Jets can use one of those 6th rounders on a good punter!

twin
twin

now we can trade some picks t get what we need......

Zartan
Zartan

nothing here, move on.

jdb4
jdb4

3 fourth round picks and four 6th round picks.  Nice!

Francesco Bruno
Francesco Bruno

Joe Caporoso@TurnOnTheJets 2m

#Jets receive 4th round pick (!), 137 overall. Three sixth round picks, 209, 210, 213 Let's work

BDarc23
BDarc23

Why is it that for every player the Jets are rumored to be interested in people on this blog say we can draft someone instead?  When did the draft become this foolproof? If the Jets draft well than 8 of the 12 picks will be out of the league in 3 years.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Cats, this is the most fun you can have with your clothes on! Leave it up to my Jets, OY

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

If you can't be a top competitor, at least you can be the top entertainer, better than nothing, lol! Lets just see where it goes, this will be fun in any event. 

a57se
a57se

Don't the Jets always play the Eagles in the fourth preseason game?

gbrownn
gbrownn

3 4th rounders!? Were cooking now, we can upgrade and add depth to all of our holes this offseason. Yeahh I trust Idzik, how can you not after you think about the position we were in last year this time. Lets build!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@jake100 What a stunningly inane article.  Wish I had the 20 seconds I took to read it back.

bobbyj
bobbyj

Sorry, mike is repulsive but he is right. If you were shooting to win this year, why didn't we sign a starting CB or a top flight guard...Idzik wants one thing Woody wants another. I've been saying for 3 years on this blog, our problems start & end w/the owner Woody Johnson. Think about it, Farve, Tebow & now Vick, not to mention that Woody has publicy stated that he covets QB's w/a name. When was the last time u ever herd an owner discuss a player under contract w/another team. Until Woody steps away from the day to day football operations we will always suck, & I've been saying this for years. Woody is as bad as Jerry Jones. At least Jones takes credit/blame for his decisions

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jaygo  Sure, the fact that he was the starting QB for our current OC probably has nothing to do with it...

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@BDarc23  At the end of the 3rd round, only 17%-23% ever have have a chance at being an NFL starter. The last round it is only 7% !!!!!!!

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jake100  Aren't you catholic Joey? What's with the yiddish?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  


Well, the last preseason game, yes.  Sometimes it's the fifth, if we play in the Hall of Fame game.


Starters don't play though, so Sanchez should be...ahhh wait.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se  Yeah, and they might throw Geno behind a jiffy lube oline now to get injured in a meaningless preseason game, lol

twin
twin

@johnnyl65 @twin didn't say those picks slow down buddy!!! we can trade our original PICKS........

Ed D
Ed D

@bobbyj Sorry the Jets star power QB thing is old


Favre and the Jets were rolling...he got hurt, played terrible and the Jets went downhill...defense also stunk at times that season


Tebow was a terrible move that was awful in every way imaginable


Vick was the best QB out there, who played the best ball of his career under our current OC and who could've ruined that team in Philly last season behind a young QB who outplayed but instead took the high road and was a consummate professional. I think at this point he knows who he is, what he is and if he wins the job so be it; if he doesnt he just replays 2012 all over again. He may even make himself a few more cool millions if he hangs around as a backup for another few years


That being said, Fatso Mike doesnt like Vick. He doesnt like the way he plays. The Fat one just regurgitates everything from what Bill Parcells has told him up in Saratoga. If you arent 6'5 230 and dont work from the pocket exclusively, according to Mike F, you arent playing QB the right way. Its a generational thing, the guy wants John Wayne or Gary Cooper to run out of the tunnel...not Mike Vick. A lot of what he says he preys upon the guy who loves his team, but doesnt have time at work or with family to do all the necessary research. Doesnt make him or her a bad fan, he just uses that to get them to call in and worship at his altar or tear him a new one. Also a lot of what Mike says are years of formulated opinions which are exclusively his own and have little to no factual basis other than him catching five minutes of a Sunday ticket game. Mike has killed the Jets before only to have it shoved in his face, then embarass himself by construing reasons why he wasnt "entirely" wrong. He has also been right about them too. His opinion means as much as any other person on this matter


That being said I will never root for Michael Vick, what he did was disgraceful, but he paid his debt and I will also never root against him to fail

Brendan
Brendan

@bobbyj  "Think about it" 


Never a good sign for your argument when you have to say that. 


Was Favre better than Pennington? Yes. Unfortunately for the Jets, he got hurt so badly that his games started streak should have ended. He kept it a secret and the team let him do what he wanted, so it screwed the team, but that wasn't Woody trying to be a star f*cker, it was the team realizing that they were never going to win with Pennington, which was true. 


Tebow was Tanny. 


As for Vick. Whattttttttttttttttttttt are you talking about? So, since Woody is all about star power, he went out and forced his meticulous GM (who doesn't bend to the HC's wishes, mind you) to sign a guy that a huge portion of the fan base already despises? That's the master plan? "Hey! People already vocalized that they will leave the team's fan base FOREVER, so I'm definitely going to force my GM to sign that guy. Good business!" That is some world-class logic vacuum stuff right there, bobby. 


Woody is a good owner. If you fault him, fault him for hiring the wrong people in the past, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't argue with you. But like his head coach, he realized shortcomings in himself and addressed them, hiring a firm that specialized in this sort of thing to find him the best candidate. They landed on Idzik, the guy who Woody isn't using as a puppet. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

We're not in the HOF game......it has been a loooooonnnnngggggg time since we were in that game.

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @a57se 

Only if Rexy really wants to win the game like he did v the Giants.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@Brendan  

star f**ker - Rolling Stones...when I was a DJ in college they never let me play that song.  That was back in the vinyl days...it was literally scratched out.


but I digress...

bobbyj
bobbyj

You really believe that? Mr.T took one for the team, I thought it then, still do now. I like Vick, but it's hard to keep him upright, & having a weak Oline is a recipe for disaster. How many starters can we draft. Once again if were in win now mode, why didn't we sign a starting corner, a younger better guard ?

a57se
a57se

@jaygo @jake100

They were stupid, they could have got to the SB so much faster if they just had signed every old free agent RB out there.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  True, 1992.  Against the Eagles believe it or not.  That was the year the Jets won five preseason games and only four regular season games!