Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/4/12
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. It stands to reason he won't get a full workload this week, but any number of snaps shouldn't be a surpise. Although Rashad Jennings will start and Mularkey isn't sure how many snaps Jones-Drew will get, Mularkey envisions Joes-Drew being the same workhorse back he's been in the past for the Jaguars. When he was asked if Jones-Drew will get most of the carries once he's 100 percent with Jennings complementing him, he said, "That's kind of the way the system works, yes. Whoever starts, the other one will handle the third downs." He also said the third-down back will also give the starter a break at times,...
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