Running back Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t work at all for the Jaguars during the offseason, so he should have plenty of energy to tackle the task in front of him.
That task is winning back the starting running back job from Rashad Jennings, who laid claim to it with a strong preseason while Jones-Drew was holding out of Jaguars camp. That’s left Jones-Drew with third-down back duties against the Vikings this weekend and a clear idea of what he needs to do to move up in the pecking order.
“I have to work to get my job back. That’s all it is,” Jones-Drew said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Nobody has ever given me anything so I’m used to it. I like it because the competition is going to be great.”
Jones-Drew also shot down any suggestion that it would be difficult for him to play a limited role after being the prime offensive force in Jacksonville in recent years.
“It won’t be tough. Last year we had a little fall out because I thought I should have carried the ball more after I thought I was ready. It’s not necessarily about being ready, it’s about earning that position and earning that time,” Jones-Drew said. “It’s going to take a little longer and I understand that. That’s what happens when you do the things I did.”
Jones-Drew was on his way to reclaiming the starting job the moment he ended his holdout. Continuing to do and saythe right things on his way back up the ladder will only make it a quicker trip.