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Russell Wilson has no more excuses after the $245 million Denver Broncos move, says Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew has warned Russell Wilson that he will be exposed to his big money transfer to the Denver Broncos this season.
After 10 years in Seattle, the marriage broke up for the 33-year-old quarterback, who signed a five-year deal of $245 million, including $165 million guaranteed, in Denver.
Now in the ruthless AFC West, and an equally cutthroat conference, Wilson and the Broncos are under pressure and serious scrutiny from the get-go, with their season kicking off Monday night with a trip back to Seattle.
“I think this year will really show if Russell Wilson is the elite man we all think he is,” NFL Network analyst Jones-Drew told DailyMail.com.
Russell Wilson has a big season ahead of him with the Denver Broncos, says Maurice Jones-Drew
33-year-old quarterback Wilson has signed a $296 million five-year deal with the Broncos
Jones-Drew believes this is the season for Wilson to show he is truly an elite player
“It’s not to beat him because he’s done great things. But the last couple of years it has been a bit up and down for him.
“I think we give him a lot of the benefit of the doubt, don’t we? Instead of looking at the plan. I’ve mentioned his games a few times. And there are some things I’ve seen him do that really don’t justify all the praise he’s getting, so we’ll see if he can do it this year.”
Wilson took Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014, winning the first, but after finishing first or second in the NFC West during Wilson’s time in Seattle, his spell ended on a sour note with a fourth-place finish. . last year.
“He’s done a great job in Seattle, don’t get me wrong, but there was a lot like, ‘Oh, I need this or I need that.’
“Well, you’ve got everything in Denver now, right? You have a running game, you have an offensive line. You have a defense, you have young receivers.
“But all he could always do was scramble around – and it’s going to be hard to do that in the AFC.
“You’re talking about the defensive purposes the Chargers have in Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, or Max Crosby and Chandler Jones in the Raiders, even Chris Jones and Frank Clark in Kansas City.
“Besides, you have to go out week after week to outdo people. He also plays in the AFC West. So the AFC West plays the NFC West, which is still one of the toughest divisions in football right now.
Wilson and the Broncs take on his old team, the Seattle Seahawks, in Monday night’s game
Wilson pictured in action during a preseason Broncos game against Minnesota Vikings
“The Seattle Seahawks have been beaten, but the Cardinals are still very good. The Niners will always be a talented roster depending on their quarterback game. A top defense – not easy to run into. And then the Rams!’
On paper, the NFL looks particularly competitive in the AFC this season, with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs among the bookmakers’ favorites.
And Jones-Drew expects the competition to be fierce.
“You’re really going to see the truth about a lot of quarterbacks in the AFC,” Jones-Drew said.
“I mean, there are some really good ones. I think there are a few guys that get more hype because of what they’ve done in their past and now what they’ve been doing over the years.
“I think you’ll see some guys who don’t get enough credit and who play really well, also aim for the top a little bit. So it’s going to be one of those seasons where some guys will definitely be exposed and then also a season where some guys will take their chances.”
With the NFL seemingly stacked towards teams in the AFC, Jones-Drew gave his take on the runners and riders.
‘On paper, yes. It seems that the AFC is a little boosted by all the trades and guys leaving the NFC and going to the AFC.
“The AFC is tough. There are about 13 teams, if I counted correctly. The entire AFC West. Three teams in the AFC East – the Patriots, Dolphins, Bills. In the AFC South you now have two with the Titans and the Colts. And in the AFC North you have the Browns, Bengals, Ravens and the Steelers will always be good.
Wilson is one of a number of star quarterbacks competing in the AFC West and NFC West
Jones-Drew also warned that there is always a team that blows expectations every year
GREEN BAY, JAGS AND BENGAL
MJD ON THE JAGS
I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of Trevor Lawrence – he’ll be better. Which is very important.
I am very excited about what they are doing. I’m excited to see how it turns out. And the question is, can they have good drafts back-to-back and good seasons back-to-back? And become more consistent. Doug Peterson is the man for it. I think he understands that football should be fun – hard work – but fun.
MJD IN BENGAL
Joe Burrow has really put them in a position to see success for 10-15 years. It’s just the way he plays the position. For much of his rookie year, he did a lot of scrambling all over the place. Last year he was in the pocket and he won out of the pocket – and he quickly won out of the pocket. That’s one of the pieces you look for in a quarterback – can you consistently win in the pocket? Do they have a chance to go back? Oh yeah. A great opportunity.
MJD ON HENRY v TAYLOR
I love Jonathan Taylor. I love his game, but there’s still that guy that took Jonathan Taylor three weeks to get him after he got hurt, right? So Derrick led the league in the rush in November and he hadn’t played for five or six weeks. So for me Derrick Henry is always the cream of the crop. He’s always number 1 until someone can top what he’s done over the years. I mean, he led his team to the AFC Championship, right? So it’s Derrick Henry, and then Jonathan Taylor, then you go to Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb and a Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Camara.
MJD ON GREEN BAY
I think they will really rely on their running game and defense. They have a lot of young, inexperienced guys at the receiver that they count on and this puts more pressure on Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has done it before, so I know he can do it.
Davante Adams was a big part of Green Bay’s success, right? I know Aaron Rodgers is really good. Very good. Now he throws to some young receivers and to inexperienced guys. Allen Lazard was a good No. 3. He’s getting a bit of a kick out of it, but now he’s got to fill that role as No. 1. He has to win consistently. And I don’t know if he can.
“But the NFC still has four or five teams that are pretty strong that you have to focus on and you still have to try and get through it, whichever team it is. There are two guys you never count – Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
“Every year there is a surprise team that gets as good as the Bengals last year. It suddenly becomes good, you have to take that into account.
“The Eagles are a team we need to talk about the NFC because they added AJ Brown, which immediately makes them a contender.
“With their ability to have a quarterback running, it all falls on Jalen Hurts — his ability to run and can he be a better football pitcher?
“That makes them hard to deal with, very hard to deal with. And the way their O-line plays, the way their D-line plays. I think they’re kind of out to run on this thing too. Very similar to the Bengal.
“They have that very good receiver they needed. And now it’s the quarterback – the quarterback has to turn this thing around and start playing better.”