The Jacksonville Jaguars have been taking it slow with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew since he underwent Lisfranc surgery and it is clear that they want to wait until the regular season for him to take punishment.
As a result, Jones-Drew has carried the ball just ten times throughout the preseason and head coach Gus Bradley seems to believe the soon-to-be free agent may not be happy with his current role in the offense.
“I know he’s not satisfied with where he is right now,” Bradley said, via NFL.com. “I know that. He has told me that. Mo-Jo and I have conversations daily on it, on where he needs to be. It’s a trust factor with us, and Dave (Caldwell) has talked to him as well.”
The problem for Jacksonville is that by limiting Jones-Drew’s preseason reps it could affect the way that he is prepared when the regular season comes around.
It has been quite some time since Jones-Drew has played in a meaningful football game, so keeping him from contact and reps will only hurt him get to game shape and adjust to the game speed once again.
That may not concern the Jaguars, but you can be sure Jones-Drews is not happy because if he is not ready for game action it will only hurt his performance on the field and ultimately a potential free agent contract.