Maurice Jones-Drew contemplated retirement during training camp

Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (right) during the national anthem before a game against the Chicago Bears at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

According to Will Brinson of, the Jacksonville Jaguars almost had one more problem to solve on their roster this training camp. While much of the attention has been focused on the quarterback situation, or lack thereof, Brinson reported that running back Maurice Jones-Drew thought about calling it quits this summer.

The 2011 NFL leading rusher told John Oehser of that the thought that he “couldn’t do this anymore” crept into his mind more than once during Jacksonville’s off-season training camp.

“There were a couple days during camp where I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this anymore.’ Once the pain subsides and soreness goes away you’re ready to roll again. You fought through those first couple weeks. You were all saying I felt great. I had to lie to myself too and say that as well. Now I feel good. I’m ready to get out there and play.”

MJD is just two seasons removed from the year he led the entire league in rushing. More impressively, that was with Blaine Gabbert calling signals his rookie season and virtually no weapons in the passing attack, not to mention a so-so offensive line.

Jacksonville has a lot of doubts, but whether or not that they are happy about Jones-Drew being a part of their team still is not one.

Topics: Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL

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