Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette: Jones-Drew Is Not A Good Fit
March 19, 2014
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Post-Gazette Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joined the Cook and Poni Show on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest on the Steelers including bringing in running back Maurice Jones-Drew for a visit.
“It’s kind of nuts,” Bouchette said. “It’s an overreaction to losing Starks.”
Bouchette said the Steelers were set to visit with Green Bay Packers running back James Starks on Monday but he chose to resign with the Packers for two years. Bouchette said he was a good solid RB and would have been a good fit to back up Le’Veon Bell but somehow that visit never took place.
“I don’t know if they know what they are doing right now with the RB position,” Bouchette said.
Bouchette says they need to sign a back up to Bell because they do not have a single running back that has gained a yard on the roster, but this move to bring in Jones-Drew is one from left field.
“I don’t know what they are doing with him here,” Bouchette said. “He is not a good fit at all. He is not going to be happy being a role player behind Bell.”
Bouchette said he thought the Steelers started out strong in off season moves with keeping Jason Worilds over Lamar Woodley. Also signing free agent Mike Mitchell, and getting Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu to take pay cuts.
But then they let Al Woods slip through their fingers.
Bouchette said he is no Reggie White, but he is better than Cam Thomas who they signed.
Bouchette said that the Steelers bringing in wide receiver Lance Moore is a decoy to try and show Jerricho Cotchery that they will move on if he doesn’t sign with them.
“They want Cotchery back,” Bouchette said. “But he will be the fall back if Cotchery does go elsewhere.”
Bouchette also told the guys that there is real discussion and mutual interest between the Steelers and former linebacker James Harrison.
Listen to the full interview here:
I was always a big al woods fan from when he was a rotational guy at LSU, but he was a DE here he was constantly out leveraged at NT by shorter interior linemen and was more of an athlete at DE where he could move guys and shed off tackles with a higher pad level.
Thats not Cam THomas' game. Hes a block occupier, he plays low and is really difficult to move. I see how essentially we "replaced" woods with thomas, but they arent playing the same position.
Jones drew is an awesome fit, its really if he is willing to play in a backup role even though he might still get a fair share of touches....its a dual back league, im sure they dont want to wear bell down but also have someone who is competent spell him and back him up.
I love harrison, i would welcome him back in a heartbeat
Dollars can't be the issue between Steelers and Maurice Jones-Drew
By Neal Coolong on Mar 19 2014
If money was the problem, why did MJD bother meeting with the Steelers? If the Steelers want to get Le'Veon Bell the ball more than 20 times a game, why wouldn't they want a capable back-up? It's a deal that, on paper, should happen.
Don't put it past an agent to plant news there's interest between his client and a team - one like the Steelers usually fits the bill. "Hey, if the Steelers are interested, he must still be good!"
This isn't done for the fans, either. Obviously there's a reason behind an agent's motivation to get the media talking about a player.
We knew about Lance Moore's pending visit well before he actually arrived in Pittsburgh. We read reports identifying other free agents allegedly coming for a visit, including at least one who was mentioned, scheduled for a visit and signed by another team.
We knew nothing about Maurice Jones-Drew coming to down until Adam Schefter reported he was already in Pittsburgh. We were linebackers losing sight of the diminutive MJD behind the behemoth offensive linemen.
Will he explode into the South Side the way he's exploded into the second level like he has so many times over the last eight seasons?
I do expect this to be a short-term deal, though, should it happen. One where MJD signes a one-year deal in an effort to prove he's still worthy of a bigger contract next year from someone... and hoping for 200 touches.
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I'd prefer to have 10 years of 800-1000 yds and 8-12 TDs from Bell with 500 yds and 4 TDs from a backup, rather than 4 years of 1300-1500 yards and 12-16 TDs from just Bell.
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