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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-Drew looks to be in playing shape. ''If you look at him physically, yes, I'd say he looks game-ready,'' says Mularkey, who adds that he will have a better feel for MJD's readiness after a fully padded practice Wednesday.
Jones-Drew ended a 38-day holdout Sunday without a new contract. He asked the team to rework the final two years of his five-year, $31 million contract, and the Jaguars declined.
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his 38-day holdout - without a new contract.
Jones-Drew arrived at the facility Sunday morning and chatted with teammates before meeting with coaches.
ESPN first reported Jones-Drew's decision.
''Just shared some love with (at)Jones-Drew32 in the locker room,'' Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings...
Maurice Jones-Drew will reportedly end his holdout and report to the Jacksonville Jaguars one week before the regular-season opener at Minnesota. The holdout is in its 38th day as of Sunday, and coach Mike Mularkey recently said Jones-Drew would need at least one full week to be ready for the Sept. 9 opener. He has no experience in Mularkey's offense and the team isn't...
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced for the first with the Jacksonville Jaguars since ending his 38-day contract holdout, but it’s still unclear whether he will 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...
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MJD finally reported. Rashad Jennings will get the week 1 start regardless and could get the bulk of the carries for the first 2 weeks or so of the season as MJD gets back into football shape and learns the offense. There are also way too many similarities to the Chris Johnson holdout last year for me to be comfortable projecting MJD’s usual level of production...
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...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The words rolled off of Maurice Jones-Drew's tongue so easily, one could almost expect the situation to unfold.
"I expect to start," said Jones-Drew, the league-leading rusher from last season who ended his 38-day holdout Sunday and has to prove to new Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey he's ready for this weekend's regular-season...
It is Sunday afternoon and many of you are singing all kinds of praises.This is especially true to those of you who gambled during your fantasy football draft and selected Maurice Jones-Drew.As you know Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his 38-day holdout without a new contract.He returned Sunday morning to the Jaguars' facility meeting with players and coaches. Rashad Jennings even...
Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout, reporting to the Jaguars earlier today according Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Jones-Drew's holdout was a largely unproductive venture that will cost him the starting position next Sunday when the Jaguars play the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Mularkey has indicated that Rashad Jennings will be the starting running back, and there...
The NFL’s defending rushing champion will be limited to mostly third-down duty against the Vikings Sunday as Maurice Jones-Drew returns from a contract holdout.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout and reported to the Jaguars on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The holdout ends at 38 days, and MJD assured fantasy owners that he was safe, and hence stuck to his word by reporting to the Jaguars prior to Week 1. He should be worked back into the offense slowly behind Rashad Jennings though.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Rashad Jennings will get the start at running back for the Jaguars’ week one match up against the Vikings, even though Maurice Jones-Drew has finally ended his hold out.
“Despite Maurice Jones-Drew reporting to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the plan is for the team to start running back Rashad Jennings in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings...
Finally, running back Maurice Jones-Drew ends his holdout and reports to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's been 38 days since Jones-Drew decided to holdout in hopes of getting a new deal that ranks up there with the other elite running backs in the NFL. In the last few months, we've seen running backs Arian Foster (Houston Texans), LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles), Matt Forte...
Comments on the Jacksonville Jaguars by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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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.