There will be a lot of players on a mission when the 2013 season starts around the NFL. The one player that I expect to really rebound from the 2012 year is going to be Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew ran for just 414 yards during an injury-plagued season, and there is no way that he is that bad again in 2013. It’s going to be a season where Jones-Drew returns to his previous form for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The addition of Luke Joeckel will really help the running game for the Jaguars. While fullback Greg Jones has left town, I have to believe that Jones-Drew is going to be playing like a man on a mission. He was clearly upset with the way his season went in 2012 with the holdout and then the foot injury. This is a player that has averaged over four yards per carry in his career, and while he was close to five yards a rush last season, we can expect a different player when the new season begins.
Jacksonville won’t be as bad as they were last season if Jones-Drew is healthy for all 16 games. I feel fairly confident in saying that Jones-Drew will rush for over 1,300 yards in 2013. It will become obvious that he is the lone threat on the team unless the quarterback play gets a ton better, but he will still find a way to those numbers. The quarterback position isn’t going to be taken up by Tim Tebow either which is a positive in and of itself. We are going to be hearing a ton about the return and comeback of Jones-Drew all season long with the Jaguars.