The Jaguars haven’t budged from their negotiating stance of not negotiating with holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew and it doesn’t sound like they’ll be budging at any point in the future.
At a press conference announcing the Jaguars’ plans to play four games in London, owner Shad Khan, who previously said that Jones-Drew’s absence wasn’t a great concern, was asked about where things stand with Jones-Drew. There’s no reading between the lines needed to get his point.
“Train is leaving the station. Run, get on it,” Khan said, via Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.
Gloomy predictions about the Jaguars offense have not found much supporting evidence in the team’s first two preseason games. Blaine Gabbert’s looked better than he did as a rookie, Justin Blackmon hit the ground running in his debut and, most significantly for Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings is averaging more than five yards a carry. All caveats about preseason appearances being deceiving apply, but Jones-Drew’s case hasn’t gotten any stronger since his holdout began.
Perhaps that’s why Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com is reporting that “the feeling inside the Jaguars locker room” is that Jones-Drew will report soon.