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Jags Should Look to Add Veteran Running Back

Jun 19, 2013 -- 10:14am

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

The greatest thing Maurice Jones-Drew has done all offseason is he jogged out onto the practice field last Thursday to the delight of the fans at EverBank Field’s practice facility.  MJD showed everyone in attendance he was getting close to being ready for the start of training camp in August.

But there are always instances where depth is a good thing to have.

Right now, the Jaguars have to believe MJD will be ready to play, but whether he can be the 1,600-yard runner he was two seasons ago remains to be seen. You can be sure that the small runner with the big heart will use it as motivation to make doubters believers by the end of the season.

Justin Forsett and Denard Robinson are listed as the backups at the position.

Seriously, if the Jaguars were to look for more depth, they could look at these veterans to provide strength in numbers.

Beanie Wells has already been in Jacksonville and left with a whimper or no sound at all. At 24 years old, you figured he would be ideal for this franchise, but team general manager David Caldwell did not make a more to sign him.

Cedric Benson had some good seasons in Cincinnati. Could he be an answer here? When MJD was holding out last season, I thought the team might make a move to acquire him, but it never happened. Just think what might have happened had Benson been a Jaguar while Jones-Drew was on the shelf?

I also think the Jaguars connection with the Falcons could play into their hands again. Michael Turner is big, hulking back who could be a goal line wonder for this team. He played in Atlanta while Caldwell was with the team.

There has been no word as to whether any team has looked at Turner.

Willis McGahee played in Denver and is now a free agent. He has ties to the state, having played at the University of Miami. Coming home could revitalize him. McGahee would be the most likely choice, if you asked me.

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