Reading the coverage on Maurice Jones-Drew...
ESPN’s NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt thinks the Jaguars have to follow through on fines for Maurice Jones-Drew’s absences, but probably have to back off some. He suggests they reduce fines but tie in some penalty in next year’s money for reduced performance this year. Head to the 2:30 mark on this audio.
ESPN Stats and Info expects Jones-Drew to have a down year based on the history of backs who had a similar workload to his last season. MJD carried the ball an NFL-high 343 times in 2011. “Since 2006, all eight running backs age 26 or older with at least 340 carries in the previous season saw a significant drop-off in rushing yards and touchdowns. Five of the eight running backs had more than 800 fewer yards the next season and seven of the eight had a drop-off of at least seven rushing touchdowns.”
Jones-Drew is in denial about the value of running backs these days, says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.
MJD returns rested and ready with no regrets, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
He’s just incapable of saying he was wrong, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
Here is a video of the news conference from the team site.
“It’s solved for the time being and we’re ready to roll,” MJD said, per John Oehser of the team web site.
The Jaguars are not Jones-Drew’s team anymore, says Luke Sims of Black & Teal.
He’s not Chris Johnson, says Adam Stites of Big Cat Country.