Posted September 04, 2012 on
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Comments on the Jacksonville Jaguars by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (31)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 32) - Showdowns with Colts won't be for division title.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 31) - At least Blaine Gabbert looks like he's making progress, Maurice Jones-Drew is back, and Justin Blackmon looks like real deal.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 30) - Maurice Jones-Drew back with team, but without new contract.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 32) - Last until I see more from passing attack. MJD's holdout won't help them get off to fast start.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 27) - Maurice Jones-Drew is back on Shad Khan's train, and all is right again. Jones-Drew will be back in form soon enough, but Blaine Gabbert's improvement - or lack thereof - will determine how far team goes.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 29) - With Maurice Jones-Drew back, Jaguars have chance.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 29) - MJD holdout the first in series of headaches for team in search of an identity.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 32) - If Jags avoid home blackouts this fall, entire marketing department should earn two-week vacation to Hawaii.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 32) - The best player, MJD hasn't been there since end of 2011 season and his leadership skills have eroded. Owner has dug in heels on contract extension talks, and team just committed to multiple games in London.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 29) - Will take time for Mike Mularkey to put stamp on franchise. A QB would help. Well, Gabbert looked like different guy in preseason and MJD is back and that pulls Jags from cellar.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 25) - Even without running back Maurice Jones-Drew in preseason, the offense - particularly second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert - looked much-improved under new coach Mike Mularkey.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 30) - Maurice Jones-Drew came back in nick of time, but this team still has some issues.
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Legendary running back Eric Dickerson said he believes that Maurice Jones-Drew will not regret his protracted holdout, saying, "I mean, what’s the regret?"
Maurice Jones-Drew finally decided to end his holdout today and will report to the Jaguars' facility.The reason? If he did not report today, he would not be guaranteed his $4.45 million dollar contract for 2012. This equates to roughly $262,000 per game for last year's leading rusher. When it's all said and done, this holdout did nothing but cost MJD $1.2 million...
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That is the reason MJD is back, he wasn’t going to leave $4.45 Million on the table. So, he got to skip out on Training Camp which isn’t a necessarily a bad thing.
Might start season a little slowly, but he will be ok.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said when he ended his holdout today that he doesn’t...
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan refused to budge. Although many people believe that Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has outperformed his contract, Khan refused to cave-in to his star running back’s demands for a new contract. And it seems that Khan won the standoff with Jones-Drew after Jones-Drew ended his 38-day holdout and returned to the team on Sunday despite...
Maurice Jones-Drew will begin the season much like he did his NFL career: as a backup and third-down running back.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says he expects Jones-Drew to rotate in on third downs Sunday at Minnesota. Mularkey says the NFL's leading rusher in 2011 also will ''get a series'' in place of starter Rashad Jennings.
Mularkey says Jones...
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who practiced for the first time Monday since ending his 38-day holdout Sunday without getting a new contract, will play in the season opener in Minnesota. Jones-Drew contributed almost 48 percent of the Jaguars' offense last season, the highest percentage by any player in the past 10 years according to Elias...
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced for the first time with the Jacksonville Jaguars since ending his 38-day contract holdout and is expected to play in the regular-season opener Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Jones-Drew was wearing shoulder pads, helmet and shorts and taking handoffs during drills on Monday, NFL.com reported. The morning practice was closed to the...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson showed some support to his buddy Maurice Jones-Drew some by also knocking his team. He says the Jaguars would be terrible if they didn’t have MJD.
Peterson throws some support to his buddy MJD. “He’s their whole offense. Without him Jaguars would be terrible.”
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 6, 2012
So Maurice Jones-Drew finally ended his holdout with Jacksonville on Sunday. Though no word on why he had a change of heart as of this typing, I have to assume he wanted to help Razzball writer Tehol Beddict further his tv career and me so I didn’t have to keep hearing ‘When is MJD going to come back? Why is he so high in your rankings if he’s a hold out? Why do you insist...
Jacksonville head coach Mike Mularkey acknowledged that Maurice Jones-Drew's use will be limited to occasional third-down carries in Sunday's season opener against the Vikings.Fantasy Spin:That means Rashad Jennings is a must-start in Week 1, though it will be intriguing to see if the Jaguars give MJD any goal-line looks just a week after ending his holdout.
According to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, running back Maurice Jones-Drew will play against the Minnesota Vikings, but Rashad Jennings will get the start.
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