Coming off major knee surgery for a reported “bone-on-bone” condition, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew faces more questions heading into a season than any time since his rookie year.
“I can still carry the load regardless of what surgery I had or whatnot,” Jones-Drew told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “They’re going to be kind of anxious to throw Rashad [Jennings] in, and they’re already kind of scared of my knee.”
Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter says he isn’t overly concerned, but the coaching staff hasn’t been able to see Mo-Jo practice because of the lockout. It will be telling to see how Jones-Drew looks to open camp.
“I want to be able to be out the gates playing because it’s a production-based business. They’re already skeptical maybe it’s his knee, maybe we’re working him too hard, we should give him a break,” Jones-Drew said.
Jennings is an excellent backup, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use him more. Few running backs have more responsibilties than Jones-Drew because of his quality play on third downs and in short-yardage situation. Still, he doesn’t want to give up anything.
“If I have to go through double days in camp to prove it, I will,” Jones-Drew said. “I’m fine.”