Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is the only healthy player under contract to the Jaguars who isn’t participating in the team’s voluntary offseason work, apparently because he wants more money. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey was happy with what he saw on Tuesday, but would have been even happier to see Jones-Drew there.
“I was extremely pleased with the focus and really liked the tempo,” Mularkey said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I talk about energy a lot. These guys had great energy out there for April 17. We got a lot accomplished, more than I think our coaching staff thought we could. A really good start.”
But Mularkey admitted that it could have been even better if the Jaguars’ best player had attended.
“It would’ve been nice to have Maurice Jones-Drew here,” Mularkey said. “I can’t ask any of them to be here, we want them to be here, only for, if anything, it’s called orientation camp. Just to kind of get a feel for how we are, what they can expect from us and he just was one of the no shows.”
Asked about the report that Jones-Drew is unhappy with his contract, Mularkey said, “I’m unaware of that.”