If you pop some ginkgo biloba and think back to a Monday Night game between Dallas and Seattle in the olden days of 2004 you’ll remember a rookie running back by the name of Julius Andre Maurice Jones and a coming out party where he goes all ape-crud crazy rushing for 191 yards and 3 td’s. This, after a 150 yard performance just the week before. Here was the Cowboys horse of the future. They would ride him into the Super Bowl and trample the competition! But fast forward to today and you can see a long trail of road apples on the path of Jones’ career. Jones was quickly phased out by Marion Barber and then finally traded to Seattle last year. And then last season he started off well with a couple 120 plus yard games, but eventually was thrown into a committee role with Maurice Morris, where he pouted and sucked the rest of the year. But this is a new year, a new coach (playoffs!), a new run first system, a new zone blocking scheme, no Mo Morris and supposedly a new outlook for JJ. Now, I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and say we’re barbecuing, but I do see Jones helping fantasy teams this year.
Last year the Seahawks went the way of Matt Hasselbeck. His back issues were disrupting the balance of the offense from day one. Without Hasselbeck’s accuracy and ability to read defenses the West Coast offense fell into the ocean and was run over by a ferry that was then burnt down by a maurading band of Sasquatch. Last season was a lost one for the Seahawks and Jones. But as long as Hasselbeck stays healthy and the presence of TJ Houshmandzadeh helps keep defenses honest, Jones can have a season that will surpass his average draft position of 89 and make for a good flex option or 3rd RB. Projection: 5/1000, 1/150