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Maurice Jones-Drew Still Playing With Chip On Shoulder

Maurice Jones-Drew

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You would think that a running back who has accomplished as much as Maurice Jones-Drew has in his career would not have anything left to prove, but the Jacksonville Jaguars superstar has a lot riding on the success of his 2013 season.

Jones-Drew spoke to the media on Monday for the first time since allegedly punching a bouncer at the Conch House restaurant in St. Augustine over Memorial Day weekend, but refused to go into any details of the case because the investigation is ongoing. He was back in the Jaguars facility in advance of the team’s first mandatory mini-camp, but will not be able to participate as he continues his recovery from offseason foot surgery.

The foot injury kept Jones-Drew out for most of the 2012 season and it has many people wondering whether or not he can bounce back and still produce at the elite level Jaguars fans became accustomed to. However, proving people wrong is nothing new to Jones-Drew who wears the number 32 for the number of teams that passed on him in the 2006 NFL Draft before the Jaguars selected him in the second round.

That doubt about whether or not Jones-Drew has anything left in the tank is going to allow him to put that chip back on his shoulder as he plays in 2013 to prove he is still capable of carrying the load. If anything it will provide some extra motivation for Jones-Drew who is entering the final year of his contract and needs to have a solid season if he wants to land one more big pay day before he hangs it up.

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