I think Bill Belichick should take a look at MJD this offseason in free agency. Sure, they have a committee of running backs at New England, but they’ve taken gambles before. I honestly don’t think it’s too much of gamble with MJD. Remember they did sign Fred Taylor at the end of his career when he left Jacksonville. Also, they took Corey Dillon on. So this isn’t New England’s first rodeo with a former franchise back. MJD is only 28, and he’ll be 29 years old when the season starts next year. He only rushed for 803 yards this season, with a dismal 5 touchdowns. He’s been hit with the injury bug of late though, but it’s nothing he can’t bounce back from. Over his career, he’s accumulated 8,071 yards rushing, while averaging 4.5 yards a carry. He was the 2011 NFL rushing champ. For his career he’s made three probowls. He can catch out of the backfield, it shows in his 335 receptions over his career.
The Patriots were 9th in the league in rushing this past regular season, but they always cycle their backs, and also, they don’t necessarily keep them long either. I liked Blount’s production at the end of 2013, and I think he’s a keeper, but Vereen, and Boldin, I’m just not sold on them. Whether New England would let MJD be their all down back is up in the air, but he’s worth a test drive. Unlike his former mentor, Fred Taylor, he’s still got wheels for New England. Blount and MJD would be a solid 1-2 punch, and if the Pat’s do show interest, watch out for the Jets snagging him up. That’s just how they do each other in their rivalry.
MJD needs a title contender for a team and Jacksonville has been a struggle for him. I think New England would rejuvenate MJD and give him even more of a motive to oppose his will on opposing defensive lines. The Patriots would reap the benefits, that’s if he can stay healthy. Where he lands in free agency in 2014 should be very interesting.
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