Jun 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) signs autographs for fans after a mini camp held at the Florida Blue Health

Jones-Drew Not Charged, Tape Inconclusive


Almost a month after the alleged incident, Maurice Jones-Drew is able to somewhat put his recent legal troubles behind him. After the state attorney’s office concluded that the charges could not be established based off of video evidence, the video of the seemingly run-of-the-mill bar scuffle was released. The video can be seen here on YouTube (thanks to BigCatCountry.com for the link).

It’s pretty obvious why the charges were not pursued further – you really can’t tell what is going on. One of the few conclusive moments in the video is Maurice Jones-Drew walking away at the beginning of the clip. How the alleged victim and his attorney could have been so sure of the video’s damning quality is baffling.

With this blemish squarely behind him, the focus on Maurice Jones-Drew can firmly turn to his rehabilitation from injury and his fit with the Jaguars this year and beyond. I’ve already contemplated the possibility of cutting Jones-Drew before the season starts, but given the current state of the roster that seems unlikely.

Given Denard Robinson’s recent listing on the roster as an “offensive weapon,” there isn’t much in the way of potential game-changing running backs behind Maurice Jones-Drew. Justin Forsett is the only back with substantial experience on the roster behind MJD. Robinson will likely see limited time in the single or two back and more time in gadget players and abnormal formations.

Without any reliable options on the depth chart, Jones-Drew will probably be introduced into the lineup as soon as he’s ready.

 

-Daniel Lago

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