For one of, if not the only stars on either side of the ball for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew had an incomplete grade on the 2012 NFL year due to a season end injury. After holding out for the bulk of the 2012 off-season in hopes of signing a new contract and only starting a fraction of the Jaguars games on the year, Jones-Drew spent the bulk of the year on the sideline supported by crutches.
Now, entering into his eighth year in the league and quickly approaching that magic number of age 30 for running backs, Jones-Drew has to prove to himself and his team that he is 100 percent healthy and on track to start at running back for the season opener.
Jones-Drew, prior to his left foot injury and subsequent Lisfranc surgery, he was the best offensive player on the Jaguars roster and most definitely it’s most consistent skill position player. Since entering into the league as a second-round pick back in 2006, Jones-Drew has amassed a career total of 7,268 rushing yards and 63 rushing touchdowns, not to mention leading the league in rushing during the 2011 season.
With Jones-Drew being the best player on the roster and with the Jaguars still in the re-building phase, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the organization and their star running back part ways through a pre-season trade in order to acquire future draft picks and depth across the board.
With the drafting of running backs De’Leon Eskridge, Jonathan Grimes as well as dual threat Michigan University alum Denard Robinson, Jones-Drew has to see the writing on the walls at the very least and understand that this may in fact be his last season in a Jaguars uniform.