Tucked away in an otherwise positive report about the Jaguars training camp (and there have been few of those so far), comes a nugget of information that’s positively surprising.
It’s hard to know when he will, as the running back is holding out and showing no signs he’s ready to fold despite the possibility of $30,000 per day fines, as the Jaguars have refused to address his contract concerns.
“I don’t know him at all,” Mularkey told Prisco, adding that other than a few stray phone calls, there has been no contact. He added that running backs coach Sylvester Croom hasn’t either, but they weren’t allowing it to become a distraction.
“I don’t drive home or sit in my office worrying about it,” Mularkey said. “I don’t waste the energy.”
Prisco’s known for (and proud of) his anti-running back stance, and writes a reasonable take that Jones-Drew’s absence is good for the development of Blaine Gabbert (even if I disagree with his premise).
But the stance the Jaguars are taking is oddly arrogant, for a team not overloaded with talent.
Even if you devalue backs and stand firm that it’s only possible to win with a passing game, the Jaguars don’t know yet whether they have one. They claim Gabbert’s improving, but there’s a difference in better-than-last-year (50.8 percent completions, 65.4 rating, 5.4 yards per attempt) and good.
And at the moment, their big-ticket free agent receiver (Laurent Robinson) is off to a slow start, and their supposed first-round playmaker (Justin Blackmon) is the last unsigned draft pick in the league.
For a team with few apparent positives at the moment, bragging about stone-walling the best player on your roster shouldn’t be considered one of them.