The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders face Jacksonville to open the season; a pretty decent opportunity to pick up one or two. While the Jags’ +2500 division odds and 250-to-1 Super Bowl odds are untouchable, the over on the season win total becomes more intriguing with Jones-Drew around for the first four.
The Lions could really use Owens on the special teams after problems covering kicks cost them dearly early on last season. Owens would immediately provide the Lions with an upgrade on kick and punt coverage, while helping keep the opposing offenses under a tight check on a more consistent basis. The 29-year-old Owens has a chance to replace wide receiver Kassim Osgood in Detroit who was signed by the Lions last year to lead its special teams unit.
He held out last year in a failed bid for a new contract but has pledged he won’t make a similar push this time around. The Jaguars’ new brass said it will decide how to move forward with him after this season. So whether Jones-Drew remains in Jacksonville or moves on, his ability to rebound and show he can still produce will be crucial. Running backs approaching 30 are not hot commodities in today’s NFL, and Jones-Drew has to show why he’s different.