RB Jones-Drew plans to meet with Steelers


RB Jones-Drew plans to meet with Steelers

Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew @Jones_Drew32 was scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday. Other teams have also claimed to have interest in Jones-Drew, including the New York Jets.

Jones Drew struggled in 2013, averaging under 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in his career. He ran for 802 yards and 5 touchdowns, while starting 15 games for Jacksonville. At 28 years old, Jones-Drew is only two seasons removed from leading the league in rushing yards in 2011.

Fantasy Analysis:

MJD is a bowling ball, and a lot of his struggles in 2013 can be attributed to the fact that Jacksonville was one of the worst teams in the league, at 4-12. With that said, when he did get opportunities, he did little with them, averaging only 3.4 yards per carry on the season.

From an NFL perspective, MJD to the Steelers would be a great fit. It would give them a proven back to share the load with 2nd year running back, Le'Veon Bell. Bell was solid in his rookie season and having someone like MJD to help in the backfield is only going to extend Bell's career in Pittsburgh.

From a fantasy perspective... NIGHTMARE! More and more teams are going to the two-back system. Bell will still probably be a low-end RB1 heading into 2014, but if MJD is in town, his value takes a hit. They won't bring Jones-Drew aboard to have him stand on the sideline.


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