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The Jaguars will not only be without Maurice Jones-Drew full strength against the Vikings, as they’re going to limit him to 3rd down work only about a week after a return from suspension, but they will be missing two key defensive players, Daryl Smith and Derek Cox. Smith was ProFootballFocus’ 2nd ranked outside linebacker last season, only behind Von Miller, while Derek Cox was a real shutdown cornerback in limited action in his 3rd year in the league last year, before going out with injuries.
Cox, a surprise 3rd round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, didn’t play well as a starter in either 2009 or 2010, but was awesome to start the season last year. He allowed just 9 completions on 28 attempts (32.1%) for 105 yards (3.8 YPA), no touchdowns, and no interceptions, while deflecting 3 passes and being penalized once. His 44.5 QB rating would have been 2nd in the league had he had enough snaps to qualify. If he can stay healthy and keep that up over an entire season, he’ll emerge as one of ...
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting outside linebacker Daryl Smith for the season opener at Minnesota.
Coach Mike Mularkey ruled Smith out Friday, saying he had a setback with his groin injury earlier in the week.
The Jaguars also likely will be without cornerback Derek Cox. He is doubtful for Sunday's game.
Receiver Justin Blackmon...
MINNEAPOLIS It took three yards and just seconds on the field for Letroy Guion to push Maurice Jones-Drew to the ground. Three yards, a quick sprint and a smack, and Jones-Drew was back at it.
The Jaguars' leading rusher for the past four seasons, Jones-Drew is fresh off a 38-day holdout, during which he refused to report to training camp while he tried -- and failed -- to...
A couple of weeks ago, a report came out that some of the Jaguars' players wanted Maurice Jones-Drew fined for his holdout. That's an understandable position, and according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, they got their wish.
Jones-Drew, Jax did confid settle of $1.2m fines. Am told means much less, but MJD did forfeit some bonus $. Jax will get cap cred in '13
Maurice Jones-Drew has returned from his holdout and will suit up for the Jaguars this week, but anyone expecting him to be worth a fantasy start is going to be severely disappointed. According to Head Coach Mike Mularkey, Rashad Jennings, who was named the week 1 starter before MJD returned, will handle most of the early down work, limiting Maurice Jones-Drew to 3rd down work.
Maurice Jones-Drew had a 38-day holdout, missed training camp, missed preseason and as Week 1 is upon us, he is expected to be a third-down back...
Maurice Jones-Drew racked up nearly $1.6M in fines because of his 38-day holdout, but he had to pay a little less than half of that amount, according to a CBS Sports report.
Jones-Drew, who is scheduled to earn $4.45M this year, will pay nearly $800,000 in a deal worked out between the team and agent Adisa Bakari to end the holdout, the report says.
The league's leading rusher...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have activated running back Maurice Jones-Drew and waived second-year running back Keith Toston. The Jaguars had a roster exemption for Jones-Drew, who ended a 38-day holdout last Sunday. He is expected to play in Sunday's season opener at Minnesota. Toston, a four-year letterman at Oklahoma State, spent the 2010 season with...
Jaguars halfback Rashad Jennings suffered a leg injury and did not come out for the start of the second half Sunday verus Minnesota.Fantasy Spin:Jacksonville will be forced to go with Maurice Jones-Drew the rest of the day. It appears Jennings has squandered his best opportunity to make some noise in fantasy. MJD will likely be the featured back from here on out for the Jaguars.
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon (ankle) is active Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Blackmon is a strong bet to receive a ton of targets -- whether they're anywhere close to him with Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball is another story. Still, he's not a bad WR3 option in 12-team leagues for Week 1 against a suspect Vikings secondary.
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew took advantage of Rashad Jennings' injury to carry the ball 19 times for 77 yards in Week 1 against the Vikings.Fantasy Spin:Even before Jennings exited the game, Jones-Drew looked like the better back. He should be the primary ballcarrier for the remainder of the season.
Maurice Jones-Drew has been briefed. He has heard all about Mike Mularkey's touchdown policy, the one in which the Jacksonville Jaguars coach donates money to charity every time a player scores and hands the ball to an official without any kind of celebration.
Jones-Drew chuckled when asked whether he's going to comply with Mularkey's request.
Pictures from the Vikings’ 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis