The Jacksonville Jaguars are focused on what they’re going to do with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft this month, but one thing they’ve been monitoring for sometime is the health and future of running back Maurice Jones-Drew. After a bitter holdout last year, Jones-Drew was unable to finish the Jaguars season after suffering a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot that ended his 2012 campaign early.
But after taking time to recover over the winter and spring, Jones-Drew says he’ll be back at his full speed by May and ready to be a part of whatever the Jaguars do in 2013.
“I just got back to Jacksonville a couple weeks ago from school, just have been rehabbing every day and getting used to the offseason program,” Jones-Drew said, via NFL Network. “I’ll be back at full speed by probably the end of May, beginning of June, and I just can’t wait to get back out there and play. I only had six weeks of football last year, so it’s just going to be exciting to get back and be with my teammates.”
Jones-Drew is in a contract season with the Jaguars and those pre-existing problems with management aren’t being forgotten. The only way Jones-Drew can redeem himself is to return to being the incredible back he has been over the past three season, injury shortened 2012 campaign not included. The Jags running back has been rehabbing at UCLA while finishing his degree in history.
But it’s the history between MJD and the Jaguars front office that needs to be re-written and right now all signs point to that happening at least initially with the return of Jones-Drew to the football field.