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.
The team’s website has suggested backup Rashad Jennings will get more of the workload in 2011, but MJD isn’t trying to hear that.
“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.”