With the Patriots preparing to face the Jaguars, veteran running back Fred Taylor was a topic of discussion Tuesday.
"This weekend, we were talking a little bit and I asked him if he was going to play and didn’t get a response back," Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said Tuesday on a conference call. "I kind of figured it was a 'yeah.'"
Jones-Drew said it will be exciting to be on the opposite side of the field from Taylor. He added that Taylor has molded him into the player he is, and the two still work out together in the offseason.
"It's going to be real emotional, because there are 10 or 12 of us who Fred kind of raised into the league," Jones-Drew said. "When I got here, Fred came to me with open arms. He said, 'I'm willing to teach you if you're willing to learn and listen.' To hear one of the best players at the position say something like that, it kind of turned our relationship into what it is now."