MJD is the new cornerstone of a team that has the potential of becoming a more dynamic offense. We have been a run first team since Fred Taylor and Jack Del Rio came togther six years ago and now with Taylor gone and MJD getting a new deal for five-years, $31 million dollars that included $17.5 million guaranteed the torch has been passed and we could see a more explosive offense come with that. The Jags have been assembleing the pieces of a team that can be more pass orientated. First of all we signed Tra Thomas and he has the skill set of a LT that fit perfectly in Andy Reid's pass first offense which just happens to be the team that Westbrook plays for a coincidence maybe, maybe not. Secondly we drafted two tackles to provide depth and Eugene Monroe while he was a gift and couldn't be passed up is again an ideal pass protector. Torry Holt's signing while many beleieve he has lost a step and can no longer stretch the field they are wrong and I beleive that JDR is feeding that idea with plenty of misinformation about his limitations and not being who he was. Holt will do wonders for this team in its attempt to get vertical.
I think that by splitting MJD out wide and putting him in the slot and getting him touches as opposed to carries is a great idea. I would like to see lots of screen passes and bubble screens so he avoids the punishement of running inside all the time. He can become a Reggie Bush, Darren Mcfadden or even a Brian Westbrook type asset. He will be able to use his elusiveness and speed to get more oppurtunities to break big plays. This can also add to the longevity of his career since he has had the luxury of sharing the load and i think it may be a good idea to solidify the role of back up to him with either Washington or Jennings or if Jones can show he's a capable runner than even better. Jennings and Jones have the size to be punishing runners inside and will they two and three back approach becoming more popular we may be able to specialize the roles of our players to better use their skill sets.
Their are some players to watch for as the roster cuts start to be made as possible pickups to fill the role behind MJD
Loius Rankin RB Oakland Raiders
Justin Fargas RB Oakland Raiders Possible trade
Corey Mcintyre FB/RB BUffalo Bills