Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/17/14
According to Jaguars.com, the Jacksonville Jaguars are are optimistic that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be 100 percent healthy when training camp opens up at the end of next month.  They’re also confident that he’ll lose all of the weight that he added during the offseason. You can’t wrap the offseason without touching on Maurice Jones-Drew. There’s no way to know the end-game with the off-field issues, so we’ll continue in the vein that the most-pressing issue for Jones-Drew is his rehabilitation and conditioning. There understandably has been some teeth-gnashing among fans and observers over whether his foot, weight or both will remain an issue come the regular season. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said last week the plan is for Jones-Drew to be 100 percent when camp opens July 26. Jones-Drew said he is optimistic about his progress, and outlined the reasons. No. 1, he said his foot is now healed and that the focus is now on strengthening the ankle. The foot being healed, he said, is important because now he can run. That, in turn, means he can condition at a level that will allow the weight he added following surgery to come off in time for training camp.   “The weight’s going to come off as I work out,” Jones-Drew said. “All I could do (after surgery) was eat. With this injury, you don’t want to break the screws and have to get the surgery over again. I couldn’t move.” With 40 days remaining until training camp, Jones-Drew said last week it won’t be an easy process being ready. But as he sees it, his situation isn’t substantially different than 2011, when he returned from microfracture surgery to lead the NFL in rushing. With the Jaguars quarterback situation and the fact that Justin Blackmon will be forced to miss the first four games of the regular season, they’re going to need Jones-Drew to get back to being his old self.   Need NFL Tickets? The post Jaguars optimistic that Maurice Jones-Drew will be 100 percent healthy to start camp appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

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