Maurice Jones-Drew retires and that makes me sad

Maurice Jones-Drew was one of my favorite players of all time. Because I have a soft spot for the Jaguars, I naturally fell in love with the running back and what he did for the Jaguars. (I even own a Jones-Drew jersey.) He was a great complement for Fred Taylor and when the Jones-Drew became the feature back, he was a joy to watch.

In the eight seasons in Jacksonville, he had 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns, 11 receiving touchdowns to go along with 2,873 receiving yards. But his most impressive stat may have come in the great playoff game against the Steelers. He had 8 carries for 29 yards and a TD. He also had a 43-yard touchdown catch. And on a kickoff, he returned the ball for 96 yards falling short of the goal line. He was so versatile early on and it’s a shame that his health forced him to fall off in the final two years of his career.

But still, he was a joy to watch. His frame, and what I called his thunderous thighs, were not easy for defenders to bring down. Adding his small size, he was able to slip through holes and burst through for big gains. It’s a shame that he played for a small market because he had big talent. I wish he could have played a little longer in the league but nine years is a good career and he got out before his body gave out.

Thank you for all the memories.

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My own fantasy draft advice that helps you win or lose

I am only doing one fantasy team this year but I still think that over the past 10 years that I have done fantasy football, I’ve learned a thing or two. Here are some tips for all you fantasy geeks getting ready for the draft this week.

These suggestions are just that. I can’t guarantee victory for any of you, but hey, I’ll share what I know.

1 – QB in first round is OK and is encouraged.

If you have the opportunity to draft Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton or Drew Brees in the first round, you should consider. Based off their performances last year, they should do the same this year and put you up the top in terms of individual scoring.

In the league that used to be about running backs first, now it’s more geared towards the passing game. You should still get a running back in the second round, but if you can secure an elite fantasy quarterback first, that gives you stability in one of the most important positions.

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