Two years ago, it looked like Maurice Jones-Drew could do nothing wrong. A rushing title with 1,606 yards and recognition as the best in the league at that time, he held out for a new contract, missed 38 days of camp and preseason games.
When he came back, he looked a bit slow and was injured in the sixth game of the season, suffering a LisFranc injury and was lost for the rest of the season.
This year, the UCLA product came back to the team, practiced and rehabilitated his butt off in south Florida, and came to training camp and the preseason with the notion that he could prove he was a mirror of his old self.
The reality of this season has been he is a step slower, looks to still be recovering from his foot injury, was a little overweight to start the year and the offensive line is not as good as last season - which has not helped with the running game as a whole.
Take into consideration that he is in the final year of his current contract - where no negotiation has taken place by the Jaguars and the agent for MJD - and there is reason to believe the team will part ways with their most recognizable player.
If the Jaguars indeed let him go, who replaces the yards on the ground and the charisma Jones-Drew has displayed since he was drafted in the second-round in 2006?
Here are some possible contenders to do just that.
The Jaguars' backup running back has been a real find on the return team. He showed flashes of speed and power in the preseason, but has not looked like a feature back in the regular season.
The Houston Texans' starter right now by default because Arian Foster is out for the rest of the season. I have seen him linked to Cleveland, but he could stay within the division and come east.
He was released in the preseason and then re-signed. Most media members were shocked by his release. But the Steelers did draft Le’Veon Bell of Michigan State, so it is possible Dwyer could be expendable.
The runner from the Detroit Lions showed Jaguars fans last year what he could do. A guy with good speed and a goal-line threat. Bell could be a 1,000-yard rusher if he were given a chance.
Big long shot, mainly because he is a building block for the Raiders in the future. But McFadden is playing some of his best football this season and is a free agent in 2014. Very injury prone.
He is a local kid who may not be in the right system in Miami. Thomas is bigger than MJD and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Right now, he is losing time to Lamar Miller. A change could do him good.
This could happen is he is released by the Broncos. Hillman plays second fiddle to Knowshon Moreno, who has become the top runner in Denver. Hillman can still show flashes of excitement.
Pretty soon, the Bengals will make a decision to use Giovani Bernard solely as a lead back and the Law Firm will need to find another team. The Jaguars could be in the market.