Maurice Jones-Drew Fantasy News
Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be the starter
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:02am
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy.
That said, Wilson is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it.
I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.
Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well. Still, Jennings is a three-down back and has a relatively clear path to a starting gig. For a closer look at Jennings' potential workload and production, click here.
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Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:05am
Maurice Jones-Drew signs with Raiders
Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:43am
Jones-Drew, according to the report, is scheduled to have a physical on Friday morning. The report, citing two unnamed league sources, said a contract will be signed later in the day if no issues arise.
Jones-Drew has been more durable and reliable than McFadden. He's missed just 14 games during his nine-year NFL career - 10 of those came in 2012 as a result of a foot injury, the story points out. But from a fantasy prospective, this makes the RB situation a bit of a mess in Oakland, because it's hard to imagine one taking on a pure backup role.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”
It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.
Bradley: Toby Gerhart is 'going to have a great opportunity'
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:49pm
Bradley said he likes Gerhart’s toughness and that it was great Gerhart is an experienced pro with limited career carries.
“He seems like a guy that the more he handles the ball the stronger he gets,” Bradley said. “He’ll pop one. He can make people miss. He has a toughness you can count on, can catch the ball and he’s great on third downs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”
Toby Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.
Jaguars sign RB Toby Gerhart
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:38pm
Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.
Jordan Todman is an exclusive rights free agent
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:28am
Via NFLPA records, Todman’s contract expired after the 2013 season. Via NFL.com’s player page, Todman has only one accrued season, despite being in the league for three total years. All players with fewer than three accrued seasons are exclusive-rights free agents when their contracts expire.
As an exclusive-rights free agent, Todman has two options: Play for the Jaguars or play for no one. While he’s not subject to fines if he doesn’t accept his exclusive-rights tender, Todman can’t join another team. Which means he’s not really a free agent at all.
If the Jaguars let Maurice Jones-Drew walk, they could turn to Todman as their RB1. His YPC (3.4) wasn’t impressive, but it was the same as MJD’s indicating that the offensive line was more of a problem than either of the running backs. As a starter, he did have a nice game against the Bills in Week 15 (29 touches, 153 yards), showing that he can carry the load if necessary.
Jaguars confirm Maurice Jones-Drew will hit free agency
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:08pm
Owner Shad Khan supported GM Dave Caldwell’s decision to publicly announce the Jaguars would let running back Maurice Jones-Drew hit the free agent market on March 11. But he hopes a new contract agreement can be reached.
Jordan Todman is a restricted free agent and is currently atop the Jaguars' depth chart at running back. His YPC (3.4) wasn’t impressive, but it was the same as MJD’s indicating that the offensive line was more of a problem than either of the running backs. As a starter, he did have a nice game against the Bills in Week 15 (29 touches, 153 yards), showing that he can carry the load if necessary.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:19am
Jones-Drew has played 61 percent of the Jaguars’ snaps, which is tied for 10th among NFL running backs.
The easy comparison is the contract Steven Jackson signed with Atlanta last off-season — a three-year, $12 million deal ($4 million guaranteed).
MJD's situation will be one to monitor. If he doesn't return, it will open up a starting job for a free agent or a draft pick, or perhaps someone already on the team.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:00pm
Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s workload was obviously less because of the hamstring injury. Coach Gus Bradley said Monday that he’s not sure if Jones-Drew will be able to carry a full workload against Indianapolis on Sunday. He’ll be limited in practice this week.
Jordan Todman should see some touches again this week even if MJD plays. But it looks like more of a committee here with neither back all that great of a start as a result. The Jags play at Indy.
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:48pm
Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) came out of the game in good shape.
He should be good for Week 17 in a matchup at Indy.