Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has taken a break from his job to focus on his education. But he doesn’t like what he’s been learning about the things folks have anonymously said about his quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.
“That pisses me off,” Jones-Drew told Jim Trotter of SI.com regarding the comments of a former Jaguars coach to Gabbert. “I guess I was raised differently. You don’t talk bad about someone unless you look him in his eyes and say it to his face. I was taught to be a man and put your name on it. Blaine doesn’t deserve that at all. It’s not all on him. He’s a very capable quarterback.”
Jones-Drew is a very capable running back. When healthy. But he hasn’t been that since October, when he suffered a foot injury against the Raiders. Trotter describes the condition as a Lisfranc fracture, a term that never had been publicly used — even though the extended duration of Jones-Drew’s absence caused many to believe that’s precisely what had happened.
As Jones-Drew attempts at age 28 and in the final year of his contract to return to form, he’s pointing to the player who has become the most shining example of a stunning return to glory after an agonizing injury.
“That’s what I’m thinking,” Jones-Drew said. “Adrian Peterson.”
If Jones-Drew can pull it off, the Jaguars could be in for a much better than expected season.