After holding out for 38 days in hopes of a new contract, Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew reported to the team on Sunday.
"It was good to finally speak face-to-face. I can tell he's ready to go, so we'll be working with him to get him up to speed as quickly as possible,” head coach Mike Mularkey said in a statement. “It's great to be able to proceed with our preparation for the opener and the season beyond with Maurice as part of the plans."
All indications are that the team still plans to start Rashad Jennings at running back in Week 1’s tilt with the Vikings.
The holdout caused MJD to fall in drafts in recent weeks and that should provide owners that took a stab on him in Rounds 2 or 3 some great value for their pick. For those still waiting to draft, Jones-Drew should slide back into Round 1 somewhere between the fifth and 10th running back to come off the board.
Expect it to take a game or two for him to work his way back into football shape and to regain his 20-plus per game form. The Jaguars have handed their starting running back the ball an average of 318 times per season over the last three years, including a career-high 343 times in 2011.
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