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Jones-Drew out to quiet the “fantasy football gurus”

Maurice Jones-Drew AP

Maurice Jones-Drew practiced fully for the first time in camp this weekend, and said he felt absolutely no pain afterwards.

That’s great news for the Jaguars and all the fantasy owners out there getting MJD at a discount this year. Jones-Drew, who hosts his own fantasy show with our friend Mike Dempsey on SiriusXM, isn’t happy with his preseason ranking.

“Pretty much every reporter, ‘Will he be back, is it possible to come back and do what he’s done?’” Jones-Drew told reporters Monday. “A lot of fantasy football gurus who have never stepped on the field before or ever been in the locker room, they know the best about football.”

Well, he has a point about getting no love. Jones’ serious knee surgery knocked down his ranking into the second round of Rotoworld’s online draft guide for the first time in years. Silva wants no part of him, but I’ll still take him as a top-10 pick with a healthy preseason.

So far, so good on that front.

“This year, there is no pain. It’s just going out there and playing like I’d been playing the first couple of years without it,” Jones-Drew said.

The Jaguars have said they want to get backup Rashad Jennings more involved this year to save Jones-Drew, which makes sense.  MJD warns that his knee problems have been overstated.

“I guess you could pretty much say they got me a new knee on eBay, which is pretty cool,” he said.

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33 Responses to “Jones-Drew out to quiet the “fantasy football gurus””
  1. wryly1 says: Aug 15, 2011 9:59 AM

    What MJD needs to ‘quiet’ is the throbbing in his knee and tweeting about Cutler – who takes almost as many hits as he does.

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 15, 2011 10:01 AM

    Just go out and play, dont worry about your fantasy stats.

  3. jw731 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:03 AM

    This guy talks as if he’s Walter Peyton, Barry Sanders and Jim Brown combined…

  4. FinFan68 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    When players start getting concerned about fantasy football they start placing their stats above the team goal of winning the games. That seems odd for MJD; didn’t he take a knee to keep the clock running rather than score a couple years ago?

  5. megabeast37215 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:06 AM

    Just keep lowering your shoulder, and ramming your helmet into the balls of defenders MJD…

  6. carlnova says: Aug 15, 2011 10:07 AM

    yeahhh, I’m still not drafting you

  7. grantlee11 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:07 AM

    Did he outbid Cutler on a new knee?? Jay never gets to win anything! BOOHOO!!!!

  8. sbs0311 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:07 AM

    I love when players pull out the “they never played” card.

    Well Mr. Jones-Drew, you never went to medical school, so I suggest not tweeting about another player’s injury when you don’t have the facts.

    Hypocrite.

  9. buryyourduke says: Aug 15, 2011 10:08 AM

    Jennings is going to blow up this year. There’s your fantasy pick up.

  10. comeonnowguys says: Aug 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    Can you imagine Walter Payton or Jim Brown saying something like this?

    I’d believe it if you told me most skill position players keep a silent eye on how they fare on fantasy football. But this is ridiculous. Shut up and play.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    People are so down on him that I got him in the second round of my fantasy draft at #15. Steal!

    Ps. He doesn’t care about fantasy stats, just trash talk about him. Hence the fact that he kneeled on the one a year or two ago instead of scoring to buy clock time for his team.

  12. lacharger2112 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:10 AM

    “A lot of fantasy football gurus who have never stepped on the field before or ever been in the locker room, they know the best about football.”
    Let’s see who’s prediction is closest at the end of the year MJD.
    The fantasy Guru’s go by facts and stats. You THINK you can prove them wrong. Cutler is tougher than you!
    I hope your team isn’t in need of your services when the playoffs are on the line. Just looking at your history. Sit on the sidelines and Tweet you Twit.

  13. tylerdurden0 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    I’d still take him in the second half of the first round.

  14. zerored78 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    Whatever motivates him. Age and the thousands of hits over a career catch up with everyone eventually though.

  15. stinkfingers says: Aug 15, 2011 10:26 AM

    Why does he care about fantasy stats?

    Seems to me, the win loss column would be much more important.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:34 AM

    Ahman Green said the same thing as he was declining.

  17. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:41 AM

    This guy will be hurt at least twice this season. And then it’ll be someone else’s fault.

  18. melikefootball says: Aug 15, 2011 10:44 AM

    Why not go out and show you fans what you can do or maybe your team. All these guys worry about is fantasy stats and being interviewed. ALL I forgot they only care about championships. No wonder Jacksonville is being blacked out. Can’t blame the fans for staying home.

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Let’s put it this way, I’d take Foster, CJ (whenever he gets his contract), AP, Rice, McFadden, McCoy, and Charles over him in any PPR league. I’d thrown Turner (who has a relatively easy run defense schedule in 2011) and Mendenhall ahead of him in a traditional, non-PPR scoring league, as well.

    I’m at the #8 spot in one of my many leagues – PPR, 10 teams. If he’s there at 8 along with Andre Johnson, I’m probably taking Andre. If he’s there on the way back at 13… I’ll 100% take him so long as McFadden’s gone. I think that that point he’s absolutely worth the potential risk.

    I personally think he’ll do better than most of us think, but any time you hear “knee surgery” involved with a RB, you’re taking a huge gamble with your first round pick. But assuming he stays healthy all year, he’s definitely a huge steal anywhere after the 5th pick so long as Jennings doesn’t steal his TD’s.

  20. dmarek says: Aug 15, 2011 11:14 AM

    MJD had the stones to hype Arian Foster last year as a fantasy player, an RB in his own division. He may actually be a guy who only writes checks he can cash. He’s on my watch list for now.

  21. goatcheez says: Aug 15, 2011 11:36 AM

    He was one of the rare few to hype Foster last year. The kid is 26 and people are talking about him declining? hilarious. It wasn’t even an ACL, or MCL. It was a meniscus which is more about pain then structure or function. That’s why he was able to play all but 2 games last year on it (injured it in training camp.) And he STILL ran for 1,324 yards and made the Pro Bowl. On one leg. If he plays the last 2 games he runs for the most yards in his career as he was only 67 yds shy of his high from the year before.

  22. dizzle1016 says: Aug 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    He’s upset about the ranking. But the experts are right, he will get you to the playoffs but sit out during the championship…I lost a lot of respect for MJD with the Cutler tweeting. Not because I’m not against freedom of speech, no one was talking about what Raheem Brock was saying or Darnell Dockett or the other handful of players. They were talking about him because out of all the players in the league he should have been the last guy to say something. He is so ignorant that he doesn’t understand that he did the same thing to his team. Hypocrite.

  23. homelanddefense says: Aug 15, 2011 11:51 AM

    this just doensnt sound like the kind of comments I would expect from someone focused on winning a championship.

  24. sieg1234 says: Aug 15, 2011 11:56 AM

    MJD doesn’t really care about his fantasy stats…he just thinks he is better than people are projecting him out to be, that he still has a lot left in the tank…

    However sbso311 is 100% correct, he is completely hypocritical.

    He should also just shut up and play football. He is not very intelligent, and if you have read any of his comments you can tell that he doesn’t have any common sense…but it’s funny that he cares so much about what these people think about him yet he wants to offer his ignorant opinion on Cutler and will never admit that he was way out of line. But if a “guru” says not to draft him early then he is quick to last out against that? Pathetic.

    For the record, MJD will be just fine and should be a top 10 back taken without a doubt, but who cares?

  25. unbiased5 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:32 PM

    “He should just shut up and play football.”

    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. He’s required to have press conferences with the Jacksonville media. Should he just sit there and ignore every single question and the podium?

  26. unbiased5 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:32 PM

    *at the podium

  27. balzosteel says: Aug 15, 2011 12:52 PM

    Maurice Jones-Drew; a midget hell-bent on revenge that he’s every bit as good as full sized RB’s.

  28. granadafan says: Aug 15, 2011 1:04 PM

    Wow, does he really care about what some fantasy loser like Evan Silva thinks?

  29. naygerkid says: Aug 15, 2011 1:10 PM

    goatcheez says:
    Aug 15, 2011 11:36 AM
    He was one of the rare few to hype Foster last year. The kid is 26 and people are talking about him declining? hilarious. It wasn’t even an ACL, or MCL. It was a meniscus which is more about pain then structure or function. That’s why he was able to play all but 2 games last year on it (injured it in training camp.) And he STILL ran for 1,324 yards and made the Pro Bowl. On one leg. If he plays the last 2 games he runs for the most yards in his career as he was only 67 yds shy of his high from the year before

    ———————————————-

    Arian Foster played the entire season with a a Torn menisucus. Just saying.

  30. drmichaelstevenlee says: Aug 15, 2011 2:54 PM

    In terms of knee injuries, the meniscus can suffer from derangement of the “disc” and they can be torn in more ways than ACL/MCL/PCL (which are straight ligaments). When you factor wear and tear and loss of cartilage meniscus damage can vary greatly.
    Foster’s tear and MJD’s torn menisci may not be comparable.
    As for MJD saying Cutler should play… There’s an ancient Chinese saying “If a jerk has a gun, don’t give him bullets”.

    Ok that’s not really an ancient proverb.

  31. thetechnocrat says: Aug 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    Let’s hope he doesn’t happen upon a fantasy nerd with a laptop not drafting and mercilessly beats him (like he did that jewish kid) with his boys at that Denny’s.

  32. egetto says: Aug 15, 2011 5:39 PM

    Really guys, one tweet. Now go back and look at the actual tweet and see how bad it really was, vs. some of the other stuff that gets out there.

    Then go back and look at his numbers for 09 and 10. Then remember that he played all last year on a bad knee he hurt in preseason, had 299 carries and 1300 yds in 14 games. After the Colts game, which was basically a divisional playoff game, he shut it down. I’ve been watching this guy every game since 2006, I promise you, he is a beast. He’s also a good guy, who is (was) quick on the twitter and says whats on his mind.

    Things a little slow at the orthapedic office doc?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Cutler had a MCL sprain, and did not have surgery.

  33. spartytime says: Aug 16, 2011 1:07 AM

    And He called cutler weak…SMH

    MJD worry about your team first, then worry about FF. Leave FF to regular joes like us

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