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MJD extension means Jags should skip RB early

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Apr 15, 2009.

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac" target="_new"></a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac">Jacksonville Jaguars</a> intend to feature <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9646" target="_new">Maurice Jones-Drew</a> more than ever on offense. They let <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1430" target="_new">Fred Taylor</a> go and Tuesday they signed MJD to a <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4070094" target="_blank">four-year extension</a> worth $32 million according to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton.</p> <p>It's a good move.</p> <p>With their big investments now in Jones-Drew and quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3636" target="_new">David Garrard</a>, I'm having trouble falling in line with all the speculation that Jaguars first-year general manager Gene Smith will draft <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24676">Mark Sanchez</a> at No. 8 or look to bump back a bit to grab Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells.</p> <p>The Jaguars have too many glaring needs -- at receiver, at offensive tackle, at defensive tackle and in the defensive backfield -- to be able to spend the pick on a position they've already invested a lot in.</p> <p>If they brought in Sanchez, they'd have a quarterback controversy. No, Garrard's not proven himself, but he deserves a year with better protection and weapons to show if they made the right call tabbing him as the man.</p> <p>And Wells and MJD would be a nice one-two punch in the backfield. But the team wants Jones-Drew to carry more of the load and seems determined to give <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5580" target="_new">Greg Jones</a> some carries. A good second back may be a need, but it's hardly matches the other holes.</p> <p>To me, Sanchez or Wells would qualify as redundant picks based on what the Jaguars have and how they've spent.</p> <p>Jones-Drew will be talking in Jacksonville shortly, and I will look to share a report or parse a transcript when I can.</p>

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