After a quick look at the roster, it's easy to see that the Patriots have a variety of talented running backs. Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, and LeGarrette Blount all have their strengths, but the unit could still use an upgrade. Injuries haven't helped, and all four are far from polished products that are constantly reliable.
Trades don't happen a ton in the NFL. The trade deadline generally isn't as exciting as it is in other leagues, but moves can still be made. New England could use an offensive weapon, and a trade might be in the cards.
If you're the Patriots, why not?
Jacksonville isn't going anywhere, and Jones-Drew doesn't figure to be in the team's plans. Would they really turn down a draft pick in the middle of a deep rebuild phase for someone they don't really need? MJD's numbers haven't been good, and it's not a surprise. Jacksonville's offensive line doesn't help much, and the Jaguars usually aren't concerned with running the ball when they're losing the entire game. Not much good is going on with that team, and it's reasonable to believe that a player like MJD would benefit from a change of scenery.
Jones-Drew would give the Patriots a versatile weapon out of the backfield who could play in any situation. He's obviously a running threat, but is also a very good option as a receiver as well. It looks like Tom Brady plans on only throwing to Rob Gronkowski until another weapon emerges, and Jones-Drew would be a great underneath option.
What exactly would New England need to give up? Garber suggests a sixth-round pick, and this seems about right. Even good running backs aren't worth as much as they used to be, particularly when they have the mileage that MJD has. The Patriots love to stash their draft picks, although Bill Belichick strikes out more often than many would like to admit.
A sixth-round pick for a proven commodity that would bring stability to the New England running game and give Brady another target that he can have confidence in? Sign me up.
Maurice Jones-Drew won't be the vertical threat that the Patriots need to stretch the field, but he's an undeniable option for a seemingly reasonable price. With Danny Amendola's injury concerns always looming, MJD could be huge in the passing game.
Tom Brady wasn't happy when the Patriots let Wes Welker go, but he would have to appreciate having a player like Maurice Jones-Drew on his side. If he can give the New England offense the push that it needs, he is without a doubt worth the price.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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