Posted July 18, 2013

Off the Snap: Maurice Jones-Drew accuses Greg Jones of fantasy-football sabotage

AFC South, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants
Maurice Jones-Drew (center) does whatever it takes to draft himself in fantasy football leagues.

Maurice Jones-Drew (center) does whatever it takes to draft himself in fantasy football leagues. (Tom DiPace/AP)

Catching you up on the latest must-read news and analysis from around the web ….

• Maurice Jones-Drew’s love of fantasy football has been well-documented throughout his NFL career — he often does whatever it takes to draft himself. So, if the story he told on Mad Dog Radio is true, it had to drive him nuts on a number of levels.

According to LarryBrownSports.com, Jones-Drew claimed that former Jacksonville fullback Greg Jones (who’s now with the Texans) once hung him out to dry on a goal-line play for fantasy-football purposes.

“I was playing against him [in fantasy]. And we have our equipment guys keep us up on [the fantasy scores] during games,” Jones-Drew said. “You know who you have and you see when you’re not on the field, obviously, but … I think if I scored, I was going to [beat Jones].

“We got onto the 1-yard line, and they were like, ‘We better call this run play.’ I’m like, ‘Greg, don’t do it.’ And he looked at me and he winked. And I was like ‘Greg. It’s not time to play. This is bigger than [winning in fantasy]. Let’s not do this.’”

Asked what the wink meant, Jones-Drew answered, “[Jones] wasn’t going to block the guy!”

True? Who knows. Jones-Drew scored just one TD during an injury-plagued 2012 season, though he did have a seven-yard loss on a carry from the 2-yard line. A little bit of quick research also uncovers a game against the Chiefs in 2010, in which Jones-Drew was stuffed on a 2nd-and-goal from the 1, eventually leading to a Jacksonville field goal.

Jones, a member of the Jaguars for the past nine seasons, has long been one of the top fullbacks in the league. So it’s hard to imagine him rolling over on a key play, just to win a fantasy matchup. Which means we’re probably dealing with a little good humor here, as the Jaguars’ official Twitter account seemingly confirmed: “It’s called a joke. Anyone that knows Maurice knows he likes to joke around.”

• The Detroit Lions released Jahvid Best on Wednesday, likely ending Best’s frustrating NFL career, which was derailed by concussion issues. The Lions drafted Best in Round 1 of the 2010 draft in hopes that he could revive a run game that had gone dormant in the post-Barry Sanders era.

Best showed some flashes of brilliance, too, like an 88-yard TD run against Chicago in a 2011 Monday night game and a 75-yard, catch-and-run TD reception in 2010. All in all, though, he played just 22 NFL games and sat out the entire 2012 season. (The Lions kept him on their roster in 2012 mainly to allow him to rehab at team facilities and accumulate time toward the league’s pension plan.)

Mike O’Hara of the Lions’ official website writes that, unfortunately, Best will be remembered for “what kind of player he might have been”.

• Bill Parcells, a soon-to-be member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had a far more successful career as an NFL head coach than he did as the Jets’ GM or as an executive with the Dolphins. He’s still a brilliant football mind, so it’s worth listening when he speaks on the subject.

And on a conference call this week, Parcells said that if he could start a franchise from scratch, the player he would want to build around would be Lawrence Taylor.

“But if you’re pinning me down — I’m a little prejudiced — I think I’d take Lawrence Taylor,” said Parcells, per BigBlueView.com. “I know he’s going to be there every Sunday and try his best to win the game.”

• Jay Cutler had to love the Bears’ addition of TE Martellus Bennett this offseason — Chicago’s tight ends let down Cutler repeatedly in the passing game, with drops and an inability to get open. Bennett, meanwhile, is coming off a 55-catch, five-touchdown season with the Giants.

WR Brandon Marshall can’t wait to get Bennett on the field, either. Marshall told ESPN.com that another weapon in the passing attack will make his job easier in 2013.

“It was tough sledding last year,” Marshall said. “I had 2-3 guys on me every single play, but bringing in big boy Martellus, I don’t think the league really knows how good he is. I didn’t know, and that was one of my great friends in the league. So I’m excited to see him, he’s going to be awesome this year for us.”

• The Dallas Cowboys waited several months before announcing that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan would handle most of their play-calling this season. Tony Romo says he’s going to be in the mix, too — certainly more so than he has been in the past.

“I think here going forward, I’ll just be more involved in game-planning,” Romo told the Journal Times. “There are certain things I really believe can help us that we’re going to do some of that. It’s a collective group effort and I think we’re all going to go in there and go to work.”

13 comments
KeysSteven
KeysSteven

This Jones-Drew comment might explain that suspicious Jaguars' play from 2011.  Don't remember opposing team (Jets?, don't think was Chiefs) but Jags were driving late, down 2 (?) and Jones-Drew has 6 points in sight, nobody in front and shockingly downs it at the 1 yard line.  I think they kicked the FG and squeaked a win.  Del Rio's post-game explanation made no sense, as did Drew-Jones who claimed he'd been instructed.

"Jones...top (FB) in the league...hard to imagine him rolling over...to win a fantasy?"  It's called game-fixing, Chris, not "rolling over," and it's often top guys who do it.

A "joke?"  Nobody's laughing, and I hope Goodell's paying attention.

touseyd
touseyd

my fantasy football team will not include tennesee titans HBs!

mystafugee
mystafugee

Don't get me started on players who sabotaged my fantasy team (intentionally or unintentionally)

Veejh
Veejh

This probably happened for real.

jeff24k
jeff24k

What's incredible is that these guys don't realize that us couch potato fans play "fantasy football" because we're not talented or lucky enough to play real football.  You're an NFL football player and you're playing fantasy football, and actually keeping up with your score DURING YOUR GAME?  How is this different than someone gambling on their own games?  If it is a joke as the Jaguars official twitter account says, then it's still shame on MJD.  You do not joke about throwing a game.  You do not joke about gambling on a game.  

Where is Goodell on this?

Mike26
Mike26

1.  Jahvid Best was a little guy with concussion/injury problems in college and yet the Lions STILL wasted a top pick on him.  That's why they stink most of the time.

2.  Martellus Bennett is what he is - a freakishly athletic with an underdeveloped football skillset and mindset; he's proven to be a spoiled, unfocused headcase that teams just can't seem to let go of...

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

I was playing against him [in fantasy]. And we have our equipment guys keep us up on [the fantasy scores] during games,” Jones-Drew said

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and this is why the Jags stink.  Too busy playing childish game during the real thing, while getting PAID.

bmoney2121
bmoney2121

Is that Texans player grabbing him in the..... ?

AD_Saylor
AD_Saylor

I like how they were worried about Fantasy Football in a middle of a game. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

A fantasy football point shaving scandal. Gotta love it.