Maurice Jones-Drew Supported By Coaches During Rehab Process


October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Getting Maurice Jones-Drew back at full speed will be critical for the Jacksonville Jaguars in year one of a major overhaul.  As MJD continues his rehabilitation from a lisfranc tear in his ankle suffered last season, the Jaguars continue to support their star running back.  Head coach Gus Bradley expressed his support, saying, “We just felt like it was in his interest to go down there and rehab and condition.”

Losing MJD was a major factor in the continued struggles the Jaguars had in the middle and late part of the season.  Without him at running back this team is completely different.  Fortunately, Jones-Drew is taking the communication regarding his rehab process seriously.  Rather than not communicating like he did during a holdout last offseason, he is working through the process with the new coaching staff.  He knows when he needs to be back in Jacksonville with OTAs occurring and when the best interests of the team are served with him back at rehab.

“It’s something that would be different if all of a sudden he called me and said he was leaving today, ‘I’ve had it.’ It was no conversation like that. I think in his mind he just has a plan in his mind how he would like to see it come together and I wanted him here to go through all the install with us offensively,” said Bradley.  It’s good to see the communication as the result of trying to make things work this offseason for the Jaguars.

– Luke N. Sims

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