During the Jaguars’ minicamp when Maurice Jones-Drew was on the sidelines, he said something interesting when he noted that in football years, he’s really only 23. That’s odd because in human years he’s 28, and in dog years he’s at least four.
He’s not necessarily wrong either…sort of and maybe. His rationale was that over the first three years of his career he split carries with Fred Taylor, which limited the pounding he faced, and the damage he had to endure. Fair enough, Mo (can I call you Mo? Cool), as you didn’t have your first +200 carry season until 2009, and you still haven’t quite had a +350 carry season (highest is 343).
However, MJD is only just now finishing his recovery from another major injury. This time it’s a Lisfranc, the most troubling type of ankle ailment for a running back, and previously he had microfracture surgery in 2011. So that 23-year-old projection might be just a little rich.
The most important note here for fantasy purposes is that although there was a reason to have just a touch of panic in your life a little while back when Jones-Drew still wasn’t running in June, he’s fine now.
Jones-Drew reemerged from his offseason of hiding in an underground recovery lair to host his charity golf tournament. Inevitably, some people holding a microphone and a notepad or three asked him about his Lisfranc recovery. The words he responded with were good words.
From the Florida Times-Union:
Jones-Drew said he’ll have no problems coming back. He returned to Miami after the golf outing to continue his offseason workout and said he plans to be ready for training camp in late July.
“The foot feels great,’’ he said.
He finally started to run a week ago, which means his focus now shifts to shedding the weight he added while doing a lot of sitting the past few months. Welcome to blogger life, Maurice.
Currently, in 10-team leagues Jones-Drew is a late second-round pick (ADP of 18.5), which already feels a touch lofty for a running back who will be supported by either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne, both of whom could redefine suck. Oh, and Justin Blackmon will miss a quarter of the season with his suspension.
A lack of support hasn’t stopped Jones-Drew before, but this year his offense could be especially poor. Anyone who holds a top three pick in the first round may not have much of a choice, though, with Jones-Drew likely in the ideal RB2 territory for those who were able to go straight gold in the first round, drafting either Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster (or Doug Martin).
This may be a down year compared to Jones-Drew’s 1,606 rushing yards during his last healthy season. But he’ll still be highly productive for you while likely hovering around his +1,300-yards in 2009 and 2010.