Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the smallest players in the NFL, but he has one of the biggest impacts of any player on any team. With a mediocre passing attack at best and a defense that is slowly fading away into obscurity, the Jacksonville Jaguars entire identity is Jones-Drew and if the club hopes to have any success this season it will be on the small shoulders of the playmaker running back.
And earlier this week it was erroneously reported that Jones-Drew had undergone knee surgery and was expected to miss the start of the NFL regular season. Earlier today his head coach Jack Del Rio adamantly stated that the report was false and claimed that his prized running back was merely rehabilitating a few nagging injuries and is expected to return to full health prior to the kickoff of the season.
And if you are one of the few season ticket holders of the Jacksonville squad then this is the best news you could possibly hear. David Garrard simply cannot carry the team and his days of few turnovers and efficient passing seems to be a thing of the past. Jones-Drew’s brilliant running ability is the key to Jacksonville’s season this year and if the little big man can regain full health prior to the season then the Jaguars have at least a marginal shot at making the playoffs.
But if Jones-Drew finally breaks down this season then this could be the beginning of the end for the disinterested football city. So in other words Jones-Drew is carrying a lot more then just the rest of the Jaguars team on his back this season.
Try the entire city of Jacksonville as well.