Plenty of retired players like to weigh in on topics facing their old teams even though they don’t have much insight into the situation.
So when Big Cat Country passed along word that Fred Taylor talked about the possibility of Maurice Jones-Drew holding out from Jaguars camp, it didn’t seem like there was much reason to take it as more than just his opinion. Taylor’s been working out with his replacement at running back with the Jaguars recently, though, and that adds a little more weight to Taylor’s belief that Jones-Drew will be away from the Jags when camp opens and, possibly, well beyond.
During his interview with 1010 XL in Jacksonville, Taylor said that Jones-Drew is trying to use all the leverage he can to get a new deal because he doesn’t think there will be a chance to get a similar deal if he waits until he plays out the final two years on his deal. Taylor doesn’t see Jones-Drew being the first person to blink in his standoff with the Jaguars, who have said that they won’t give MJD the contract he wants, and Taylor said he thinks it is possible that a holdout would extend beyond training camp.
“I think he will continue to hold out because there’s been some things that, I guess, were miscommunicated by both sides,” Taylor said. “Pride gets involved. Someboeody has to to give. I don’t think Maurice will be first to show his hand.”
Based on Taylor’s comments, Jones-Drew seems to be well aware of how important he is to the Jaguars this season and that’s something that has swung things in the direction of players during some recent holdouts. It hasn’t swung things in their direction all that quickly, though, and that could mean playing without Jones-Drew for a portion of the season or playing with a less than fully prepared one in the early weeks.
That’s a lot of gloom, so we’ll try to end things on a happier note. Sirius XM NFL Radio is holding a celebrity fantasy draft on Thursday and Jones-Drew is taking part. He drew the first overall pick and drafted himself which could be taken as a positive sign if you’re a Jags fan looking for a glimmer of hope about the year to come.