It’s over Maurice Jones-Drew, it’s time for you to get back to training camp and get ready for the 2012 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars seem prepared to move on without you, and you have lost any leverage you thought you had in trying to get them to tear up your contract that has two years remaining on it.
In fact if you think that you can just walk back in the week before the start of the regular season and move to the top of the running back depth chart, new head coach Mike Mularkey has different ideas.
He came out this week and said that you were way behind in learning his new offense and that he has no problem if Rashad Jennings is the starting running back for the Jaguars this season. In fact nobody has a problem with Jennings becoming the starting running back, and he showed in the Jaguars first preseason game why he is ready to become a featured back.
Jennings showed the world that the Jaguars rushing offense could survive without Jones-Drew, even if he is one of the five best running backs in the NFL.
The truth is that Jennings gives the Jaguars the explosive playmaking ability that the Jaguars rushing game lacked without him last season. Jones-Drew has lost a step and has evolved into a power back, a very good power back but he cannot run away from opposing defenses like he used to.
The Jaguars have given no indications that they are going to cave to Jones-Drew’s desire for a new contract and they shouldn’t. They hold all of the leverage.