While there were plenty of disappointing players from the 2012 season, the argument can be made that no player was more of a disappointment than Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars. After holding out for a new contract during training camp, Jones-Drew only appeared in six games last season after suffering a foot injury and finished the year with just 414 rushing yards with one touchdown.
Obviously, the whole situation in general was frustrating for the Jaguars considering Jones-Drew was seen as one of the top running backs in the league heading into 2012 as he recorded at least 1,600 yards from the line of scrimmage in each of the previous three seasons. The pressure will certainly be on Jones-Drew next season as he enters the final year of his contract, but Jacksonville may want to consider the possibility of a trade with their running back.
If Jones-Drew was willing to put up such a fight for a contract last year, there’s a good chance he’ll be willing to do the same once the 2013 season comes to an end–which is why it’s important for him to come back even stronger this year. There’s no telling how many more effective years Jones-Drew has left in him and if he’s going to have another shot at receiving a hefty contract–this year is the time for it to happen.
Otherwise, Jones-Drew may have to look into taking on a smaller role heading into 2014 if he struggles to put up big numbers once again next season.
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