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NFL RB Index, Week 11: Eddie George, Fred Taylor among 7 running backs who belong in Hall of Fame
Nov 17, 2023
The semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2024 will be announced later this month. Maurice Jones-Drew scans the list of modern-era nominees and identifies seven running backs who deserve a gold jacket.
NFL RB Index, Week 9: Re-drafting rookie running backs -- De'Von Achane leapfrogs Bijan Robinson!
Nov 03, 2023
Bijan Robinson was the first rusher selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, but has the pecking order changed over the past two months of live action? Maurice Jones-Drew re-drafts top rookie running backs. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 RBs in the league today.
NFL RB Index, Week 3: Five potential trade fits for Cam Akers; Bijan Robinson climbs top 15 RB ranks
Sep 20, 2023
With the Los Angeles Rams fielding trade calls about running back Cam Akers, Maurice Jones-Drew identifies five potential team fits. Plus, MJD updates his top 15 RBs heading into Week 3.
NFL RB Index, Week 2: Five potential trade fits for Jonathan Taylor; ranking the top 15 running backs
Sep 13, 2023
With trade talks for Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor expected to resume, Maurice Jones-Drew identifies five potential team fits. And for the first time this season, MJD ranks the league's top 15 RBs.
RB Index, Week 1: Predicting NFL's top 10 leading rushers for 2023 season
Sep 07, 2023
Can Josh Jacobs win his second consecutive rushing title? Or will the ever-consistent Nick Chubb finally stake his claim to the throne? Just prior to Week 1 kicking off, Maurice Jones-Drew predicts 2023's top 10 leading rushers.
Ranking all 32 RB1s heading into the 2023 NFL season: Saquon Barkley not a top-five running back?
Aug 22, 2023
Maurice Jones-Drew ranks all 32 RB1s heading into the 2023 NFL season. Is Saquon Barkley too low after a major bounce-back campaign? And who earns the No. 1 spot? Check out MJD's full pecking order.
Top 10 NFL players from 2021 draft heading into 2023 season
Jul 18, 2023
"The Top 100 Players of 2023" kicks off Monday, July 24 on NFL+, and three players from the 2021 NFL Draft class will be revealed over the first two days (Nos. 100 to 81). With that in mind, Maurice Jones-Drew provides his ranking of the top 10 players from that class heading into 2023.
Maurice Jones-Drew 2023 NFL mock draft 1.0: Indianapolis Colts land Bryce Young
Apr 20, 2023
In his first mock of the 2023 NFL Draft, Maurice Jones-Drew projects a run of three straight quarterbacks to begin Round 1, but the passers aren't picked in the order you might expect. Plus, a pair of NFC East teams add more firepower to their backfields.
2023 NFL free agency: Odell Beckham Jr. among 10 boom-or-bust players on the market
Mar 08, 2023
Can Odell Beckham Jr. get back to full health and torment defenses at age 30? Will a fresh start help Jadeveon Clowney regain his old form? Maurice Jones-Drew identifies 10 boom-or-bust players on the free agency market in 2023.
RB Index, Championship Sunday: QBs headline juicy AFC title game, but running backs will decide winner
Jan 25, 2023
Superstar quarterbacks undoubtedly headline the AFC Championship Game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, but Maurice Jones-Drew explains why the running backs will actually decide who wins.
RB Index, Week 16: Analyzing Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry's Hall of Fame candidacy
Dec 23, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew assesses the Hall of Fame candidacies of Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry, two running backs who could pass him on the all-time rushing leaderboard in Week 16. Plus, check out his updated ranking of the top 15 RBs right now.
RB Index, Week 15: Three fresh-legged running backs who could impact the NFL playoff picture
Dec 15, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights three running backs with 50 or fewer carries this season who could significantly impact the stretch run. Plus, see which team now has TWO players in MJD's top 15 RB rankings.
RB Index, Week 14: Three teams whose 2023 starting RB isn't on the current roster
Dec 07, 2022
Can the Eagles improve their No. 5-ranked rushing attack? Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights three teams who will be looking for a new primary RB in 2023. Plus, there's a new No. 1 at the top of his RB rankings.
RB Index, Week 12: Cowboys have perfect blueprint for maximizing Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard
Nov 22, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew has one thought about the Cowboys' usage of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard in Zeke's return: Keep it even-steven! Plus, just how far did Pollard climb in MJD's RB rankings after his big Week 11 outing? See the full pecking order.
RB Index, Week 9: NFL's superstar running backs reinforce position's value; Travis Etienne has arrived
Nov 03, 2022
After big-time performances from the NFL's highest-paid running backs, Maurice Jones-Drew reminds everyone just how valuable elite players at the position are. In fact, one of those stars enters the top-15 RB rankings for the first time this season.
RB Index, Week 8: Teams that should trade for a running back ahead of NFL trade deadline
Oct 26, 2022
With the NFL trade deadline just around the corner, Maurice Jones-Drew highlights four teams that should make a move for a running back, including three squads at the top of their respective divisions.
RB Index, Week 7: Do NOT let these seven running backs hit free agency in the coming NFL offseason
Oct 20, 2022
With a number of explosive running backs approaching free agency, Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights seven guys who CANNOT be allowed to hit the open market next March. Plus, MJD's updated ranking of the top 15 RBs features three new faces.
RB Index, Week 6: Four teams that should inquire about Christian McCaffrey ahead of trade deadline
Oct 13, 2022
With the trade deadline looming, Maurice Jones-Drew reveals four teams that should inquire about Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. Plus, a rookie enters the top five in his running back rankings.
RB Index, Week 2: Saquon Barkley is BACK! Plus, my top 15 running backs after Week 1
Sep 15, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights two rushers who appear to be BACK after several down years and another who he's not quite sold on after a good Week 1 outing. And for the first time this season, MJD ranks the top 15 RBs in the league.
How an NFL trip to Africa changed my outlook on life
Sep 13, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew reflects on the life-altering impact of his recent trip to Africa, which is detailed in a new episode of NFL Network's "NFL 360." Beyond participating in "NFL Africa: The Touchdown" events in Ghana, MJD had one experience that shook him to his core.
Top 10 QB-pass catcher duos in 2022: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb rank seventh
Aug 16, 2022
Episode 7 of the "Top 100 Players of 2022" airs on Sunday, revealing two productive QB-pass catcher combos in the players' list between Nos. 40 and 31. With that in mind, Maurice Jones-Drew provides his ranking of the top 10 QB-pass catcher duos heading into 2022.
Ranking all 32 RB1s heading into the 2022 NFL season: Christian McCaffrey lands at No. 10
Aug 04, 2022
Maurice Jones-Drew ranks all 32 RB1s heading into the 2022 NFL season. Does Christian McCaffrey crack the top 10 after battling injuries over the last two seasons? And who holds the No. 1 spot? Check out MJD's full pecking order.
NFL pass rusher relocations: How will Randy Gregory, Khalil Mack, Von Miller fare on new teams?
Apr 04, 2022
A number of big-name pass rushers have been on the move this offseason, including Randy Gregory, Khalil Mack and Von Miller. How will they fare with new teams? Maurice Jones-Drew examines seven sack artists' relocations, providing 2022 stat projections and analysis.
Maurice Jones-Drew 2022 NFL mock draft 1.0: QBs Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis go in top 10
Mar 24, 2022
The free agency frenzy and a bevy of blockbuster trades have reshaped rosters across the league. How could all of these moves impact Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft? Maurice Jones-Drew provides his first mock of this year.
RB Index: Eight running backs deserving of Hall of Fame recognition
Feb 04, 2022
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be announced next week, and while each finalist is certainly deserving of the honor, not one is a running back. Maurice Jones-Drew aims to right that wrong, identifying eight RBs who have earned a gold jacket.
RB Index: Five running backs I trust most in NFL Divisional Round
Jan 19, 2022
Trust -- especially in those who have the ball in their hands -- goes a long way at this point of the season. Today, Maurice Jones-Drew lists the five running backs playing in this weekend's Divisional Round whom HE trusts most.
RB Index: Who is the NFL's next great running back? Plus, the final top-15 rankings at the position
Jan 14, 2022
Who is the NFL's NEXT great running back? Maurice Jones-Drew has his eye on one bruising rusher who could be poised for a monster season in 2022. Plus, a final ranking of the top 15 RBs of this season.
RB Index, Week 17: Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel among 5 running backs who deserve new contracts
Dec 30, 2021
Maurice Jones-Drew lists five running backs who've earned new contracts with their efforts this season. Plus, Sony Michel cracks his updated ranking of the NFL's top 15 RBs heading into Week 17.
RB Index, Week 15: RB2s who will have a bigger stretch-run impact than RB1s
Dec 16, 2021
Maurice Jones-Drew selects three RB2s who will have a bigger impact over the final month of the season than the RB1s on their respective teams. Plus, James Conner hits the top five in MJD's running back rankings.
RB Index, Week 9: Bears must lean equally on Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery
Nov 04, 2021
Filling in for the injured David Montgomery, rookie Khalil Herbert has been exceptional for the Bears. Maurice Jones-Drew weighs in on how Chicago should handle the situation when the latter returns from IR. Plus, MJD updates his RB rankings.
RB Index, Week 7: Which NFL teams should trade for a running back before the Nov. 2 deadline?
Oct 21, 2021
After a spate of injuries in backfields across the league, Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights teams that should -- and shouldn't -- trade for a rusher before the Nov. 2 deadline. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 running backs in the NFL right now.
RB Index, Week 5: Three running backs who are pressing too much
Oct 07, 2021
Maurice Jones-Drew identifies three running backs who are pressing too much -- something he dealt with during his own career -- a quarter of the way through the 2021 NFL season. Plus, three new players enter his top 15 RB rankings.
RB Index, Week 4: Three potential trade partners for Colts' Marlon Mack
Sep 30, 2021
With the Colts and Marlon Mack mutually agreeing to seek a trade, Maurice Jones-Drew reveals three potential trade partners for the fifth-year back. Plus, Saquon Barkley enters the top 15 rankings for the first time this season.
Ranking all 32 RB1s heading into 2021: Ezekiel Elliott just misses top five
Jun 30, 2021
Maurice Jones-Drew ranks all 32 RB1s heading into the 2021 NFL season. Ezekiel Elliott lands just outside of the top five while a few second-year backs are knocking on the door of the top 10. Check out MJD's full pecking order.