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Maurice Jones-Drew wants to finish what Jaguars starting

Maurice Jones-Drew, D.J. Swearinger AP

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew once stayed away from an entire offseason when he was unhappy with his contract.

And now, though his role is changing, he wants to sign another one.

The veteran running back said he wants to hang around for the Jaguars sudden turnaround, and sign a new deal there.

I want to be here,” Jones-Drew said, via Mark Long of the Associated Press. “It’s a fun environment. It’s different than I’ve ever been a part of. It works. It takes time to build anything. It’s starting to turn around for us, and we’re starting to play well. That’s exciting.”

After losing their first eight games, the Jaguars have come out of the bye as one of the league’s hottest teams, winning three straight and four of their last five.

That has him willing to forgive and forget the fact he never got the new contract the previous administration promised him, while adapting to a new role that involves sharing the ball more. The Jaguars have indicated they’d like to have him back at the right price.

“I just want to be a leader,” he said. “Back when I was young and doing some wild stuff, we had older guys that would be like, ‘All right, calm down.’ Well, now I look around here and I’m like, ‘All right, where are these older guys at?’ Oh, I’m one of them. So you’ve kind of got to change some things, especially with what we’ve been going through.”

That kind of change underscores the progress coach Gus Bradley and General Manager Dave Caldwell have made in a short time, one which gives the Jaguars hope for the future.

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5 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew wants to finish what Jaguars starting”
  1. meatcarroll says: Dec 12, 2013 6:27 AM

    MJD is a class act and deserves to get paid and finish his career as a Jaguar.

  2. realfootballfan says: Dec 12, 2013 9:42 AM

    Love the job Bradley and his staff are doing. For teams with terrible rosters who make excuses for coaches who are uninspiring, take notes. This is what your coaches should be doing with the little talent that he does have.

  3. thommyberlin says: Dec 12, 2013 10:42 AM

    the fallacy is that talented people are all that’s required to win.

    Houston Texans have some incredibly talented players….

  4. joe.attaboy says: Dec 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    I would love to see Jones-Drew stay in Jacksonville. And I believe he’s right about what Gus is doing there and for what the future holds for this team. A lot of people mocked this team and this city when things were going badly, and it sure feels good to us here in Duval to see things getting turned in the right direction. They have a long way to go, but getting to this point sure has been fun since the bye.

  5. spacemaker101 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    MJD is that dude

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