RB Jones-Drew nearly a Patriot?

April, 2, 2014
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When running back LeGarrette Blount signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers last Friday, it created a need for the New England Patriots, as their backfield now needs depth behind Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden.

Jones-Drew
As it turns out, that need was almost filled before it even became a need, as former Jaguars and new Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew said in an interview with Mad Dog Sports Radio that his final decision came down to the Patriots, Steelers and, of course, Oakland.

There had been some buzz linking Jones-Drew to the Patriots, among other teams, before he signed his three-year, $7.5 million deal with Oakland, and it's interesting to contemplate what he would've brought to the Pats.

Though he's not the same player he was earlier in his career, Jones-Drew is a compact bulldozer who catches the football extremely well. That's something that would bring value to the Patriots' offense.

The team had free-agent running back Michael Bush in for a visit on Tuesday, another player who catches the ball extremely well.

No deal has been reached between the Patriots and Bush at this time, and it's unclear if the team has opted to pursue signing Bush after the visit.

For now, running back remains a need for the Patriots.

One that was almost squared away last week.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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