May 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) answers questions from the media about his recent four-game suspension by the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy after organized team activities at The Florida Blue Health

Dodging a Bullet

The Jaguars offense hasn’t exactly been very potent the last few years finishing at the bottom the last couple of years in total offense.  Through that time the lone bright spot for the Jags has been the nearly unstoppable running of Maurice Jones-Drew.  After the recent arrest of Jones-Drew the Jags were staring in the face of possibly having to start the season without their top running back and their top receiver, Justin Blackmon.

Blackmon already has been officially suspended for the first 4 games of the season so the Jags are already preparing his replacement for those first 4 games.  On the other hand while the Jags offense played most of last season without Jones-Drew he would still be missed very much by the Jacksonville offense if he wasn’t able to play.

Free-agent running back Justin Forsett would be the expected starting running back for the Jags if MJD would have had charges pressed against him and the NFL handed down some form of punishment from on high from the altercation in the restaurant.  This is all of course assuming that the NFL would also suspend MJD after the charges were pressed.

Luckily for Jaguars fans all across the nation (and even some fantasy owners) for now no charges have not been pressed against the star running back.  So at this point the Jags can expect to have Jones-Drew suiting up and playing for them this season to be used once again as the workhorse on a young and still developing offense.

- Mike Milder

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