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Jennings dropped all the way to the 7th round
Jennings dropped all the way to the 7th round

When the Jacksonville Jaguars let Fred Taylor go this offseason they made a loud and clear announcement that Maurice Jones-Drew was THE number one running back on the team heading into 2009.

MJD is great fun to watch and has a work ethic and a slight chip on his shoulder (due to his size), making him a great franchise back.

MJD has produced good numbers on the ground and pretty spectacular through the air, but he has been supported by Taylor every step of the way.

It was clear the Jags needed to get some form of support act for MJD, either through free agency or in the 2009 NFL Draft.

With their first two selections Jacksonville played it very sensibly by drafting Eugene Monroe and Eben Britten, two extremely solid offensive tackles.

Monroe and Britten will immediately help to clear the path for MJD, but it was the selection of Rashad Jennings, the running back from Liberty at pick #250 in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL draft, that interested me the most.

Jennings could be the MJD support act, along with the rather active and athletic running back/full back Greg Jones.

Jennings was predicted to go anywhere from the 2nd to the 5th round by many experts, so for the Jags to get Jennings in the 7th round must have felt like Santa Claus had started early in Florida this year.

This guy was the leading rusher in the 2009 Senior Bowl but he still slipped down to pick #250, Jennings also helped Liberty to go 10-2 in 2008.

I’m sure the Jaguars did not expect Jennings to fall in their lap so late, but it does leave me thinking why did 31 other teams decide not to call his name before pick #250.

I have a good feeling about Jennings showing those other teams that they made a big mistake. Jacksonville will be a much improved team in 2009, with the likes of Torry Holt and Mike Walker stepping up at WR, Marcedes Lewis doing the do at TE and David Garrard showing he still has plenty left in the tank.

Whilst MJD will be the star of the show I can see Rashad Jennings getting 300-400 yards rushing and 4-6 touchdowns.

Any stats around this mark will be seen as great production for a 7th round pick, but I get the feeling for Jennings he will want a lot lot more.

Anyone else have any thoughts on Jennings?

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Matt Jones (left) pictured with the RIGHT type of white lines

Matt Jones (left) pictured with the RIGHT type of white lines

For any 6 ft 6 NFL wide receiver there is a great expectation that you will see a helluva lot of white lines.

To clarify that is white PAINT lines on the grass or artificial turf of the 32 NFL stadiums in the NFL, as you outstretch a 5 ft 7 corner back, or as you blaze past a slow strong safety as part of a 3 wideout offensive package.

The white lines however that Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones has been associated with this week do not belong to the end zone of Alltell Stadium, they belong to the neatly chopped¬†strips of cocaine found in the bean pole’s car.

101 catches in three¬†NFL seasons in 42 games is¬†what fantasy fans would call pedestrian, and Jones knows that he has not so far lived up to his pre-NFL hype. This stat line would be acceptable if Jones was a 5th round prospect or an undrafted free-agent, but that’s not the case – Matt Jones was a 1st round pick in 2005, with a 1st round salary and 1st round expectations by coaches and Jags fans alike.

I think that Jones has taken to inhaling¬†‘the paint’ as a result of the Jaguars rescuing wide receiver Troy Williamson from the Minnesota Vikings, who rather coincidentally was 1)¬†a 1st round pick who has been a bust and 2) drafted in the same 1st round in 2005.

As an avid fantasy football player I drafted Williamson in 2005 in keeper drafts, and even took my chances with him over the past two years as late www.nfl.com fantasy picks and as a waiver wire pickup. Every single time I was let down, and Williamson has managed an even more depressing 79 catches in 3 NFL seasons Рyuk !

With the Rookie Symposium going on this week in sure NFL players will be using Matt Jones as an example of precisely the situation you DO NOT want to be in after three unfulfilled NFL seasons.

We have two major drug issues in sport Рperformance enancing and recreational. The case of Matt Jones is not performance enhancing unless he wants to grow another foot taller and play in the NBA.

Matt РI know the off season is dull with the painfully dull Brett Favre saga boring us all rigid, but even as a fan I dont turn to snorting white powder up my delicate nostrils.

If you are bored Matt I have a few suggestions;

1) Order a spicy pizza, drink a bottle of Diet Coke, and watch Invincible

2) Do some community charity work – and that doesn’t mean raising the profile of anti-drug groups !

3) Go to your multi-million dollar facilities more often and learn to block and catch in order to lock down a starting job and get more than 33 catches a season Рa nice total for a running back or a non-elite tight end, but not acceptable for a 1st round wideout.

I’ll sign off this entry with the thought – who is the BIGGEST bust from the 1st round of the NFL draft – Troy Williamson WR or Matt Jones WR – would love some views from the world wide web please ………