Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 6 Days
OC Jedd Fisch suggested that the timeshare between Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman will continue.
In the Week 12 win at Houston, Jones-Drew got 20 touches and Todman got 12. When asked about the prospects of a committee going forward, Fisch said, "I think that would be a really good setup for us." Even MJD seems fine with the plan as he enters a contract year. "In the fourth quarter, I was fresher than I've ever been," he said. Facing a talented Browns front seven on the road this week with the prospects of a timeshare looming, Jones-Drew is just a weak RB2.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 8 Days
Appearing on 1010 Jacksonville on Tuesday evening, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said there's a "realistic possibility" the team re-signs free-agent-to-be Maurice Jones-Drew.
That's about all Caldwell offered up on the matter. Jones-Drew is in the final year of a five-year, $30.95 million deal and will turn 29 in March. He's started all 11 games this season and has rushed 171 times for 539 yards (3.2 YPC) and five touchdowns behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. It hasn't been all the line's fault. MJD has looked stiff and has displayed very little burst in his eighth season. He's unlikely to command much money on the open market and would be lucky to get the deal Steven Jackson got from the Falcons last offseason as a 29-year-old -- three years and $12 million with $4 million guaranteed. The Jaguars would be best suited to move on and keep getting younger.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 10 Days
Maurice Jones-Drew rushed 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's Week 12 win over the Texans, adding six catches for 60 yards.
Both the rushing yards and yards from scrimmage were new season highs for MJD, while the touchdown was his third in three games. Buoyed by three rushes of 10 yards or longer, including a season-best 44-yard scamper in the second quarter, MJD upped his yards per carry from 2.89 to 3.15. Jones-Drew still displayed alarmingly little side-to-side burst, but was hard to bring down once he got a head of steam. This afternoon will almost certainly go down as his best game of the season. MJD will be a low-end RB2 against the Browns' stout defense in Week 13.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 16 Days
Maurice Jones-Drew blamed stacked boxes for his meager 23 yards on 14 carries in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
The Jaguars offense has gone in the tank without Justin Blackmon, leading to a frustrated Cecil Shorts and no creases for MJD. "They're loading the box to stop the run. It's frustrating. It's a challenge," Jones-Drew said. He has scored in back-to-back games, meaning the time is now to try to sell. Averaging a pathetic 2.89 YPC on the season, Jones-Drew isn't going to turn this thing around. He's lost a step or three and the Jags' passing game isn't going to spring to life.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 1 Month
According to CBS' Jason La Canfora, it's "widely known" that the Jaguars are "very open" to trading Maurice Jones-Drew.
Of course they are. Jones-Drew is in the final year of his contract and won't be back with the rebuilding Jags next year. They'd likely accept a mere late-round pick for him before Tuesday's deadline. However, La Canfora predictably reports that interest around the league is "scant." Jones-Drew and his $4.95M base salary are unlikely to go anywhere.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 1 Month
Maurice Jones-Drew said he's not frustrated by his lack of touches.
Follow last week's loss to the Chargers in which he got nine carries, Jones-Drew rushed out of the stadium without talking to reporters. He says it was because he couldn't think of anything positive to say, not because he was upset by his usage. Jones-Drew understands that it's hard to commit to the run when you're trailing every game by double digits and get smashed in time of possession weekly. Averaging just 14.7 carries for 45.1 yards per game with two touchdowns, Jones-Drew will be a mere flex play against the Niners' stout defense in London Sunday.