Maurice Jones-Drew Ends Holdout, Reports To Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew, who's still hoping to sign a new contract, ended his holdout after 38 days.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Will Be Third-Down Back In Week 1

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said Maurice Jones-Drew will play in the team's season opener against the Vikings, but as a third down option rather than the starting running back. Rashad Jennings will still get the start in Minnesota, but Mularkey didn't rule out the possibility of Jones-Drew getting most of the carries once he is 100 percent.

The third down back in Mularkey's system also gives the starter breaks on long drives, and if the Jaguars are going to be run-dominant, Jones-Drew is likely to have early opportunities to earn his spot back. Jones-Drew doesn't know how much he should expect to play.

Here's Mularkey:

"I think he's seen the history of this offense. People have been critical of it, rushing Michael Turner too much over 300 carries so he's going to get his carries. That's kind of been the history I've gone all the way back to Pittsburgh even with Jerome Bettis. We had Amos Zereoue. The feature back takes a lot of the carries," he said

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Maurice Jones-Drew Expected In Camp Sunday, Per Reports

Maurice Jones-Drew will join the Jacksonville Jaguars, possibly as early as Sunday, after spending 38 days holding out for a new contract, a source tells Big Cat Country's Alfie Crow. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the same news.

From BCC:

According to the source, Jones-Drew was not going to report until the preseason was over if he was not going to get a new deal and now that the Jaguars have played their final preseason game, he will now report to the team and get his playbook. Jones-Drew will need to hit the playbook and begin learning the offense and blocking assignments if he wants to be ready for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has said Rashad Jennings will be the starting running back in Week 1, since Jones-Drew hasn't been around all of the preseason, but it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds this week.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Jaguars RB Thinks 'Things Are Going To Work Out'

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew offered some thoughts on his contract holdout on Wednesday, saying he thinks "things are going to work out" with the Jaguars, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The running back offered the comment during a chat about fantasy football. After admitting he drafts himself every year, MJD assured that, holdout aside, he remains worth drafting this year.

"I think things are going to work out," Jones-Drew said, an open-ended comment that doesn't indicate whether he thinks they will result in a trade or in his reporting to Jacksonville to play his seventh season for the Jaguars.

Jones-Drew has indicated that he would be open to a trade, but as reported earlier on Wednesday, the Jaguars are not "actively" trying to trade him. For his part, Jacksonville owner Shad Khan has taken something of a hard stance toward Jones-Drew.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Trade: Jaguars Not Likely To Deal RB

Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew said publicly on Thursday that he's open to being traded, though it's ultimately unlikely that Jones-Drew will be dealt.

Alfie Crow, editor of SB Nation Tampa Bay and co-manager of Big Cat Country, offered some thoughts on Jones-Drew's remarks -- and he doesn't believe that Jones-Drew will end up on another team's roster in 2012.

The problem with asking for a trade, is it's not likely going to change the stance of the Jaguars. Owner Shad Khan is a smart business man, and if he was not willing to cave on giving Jones-Drew a new deal, why would he cave and allow Jones-Drew out with a trade? Facilitating the trade over a contract dispute would be caving all the same as caving with a new contract. Not to mention the fact that Jones-Drew has absolutely no leverage whatsoever.

Unless the Jaguars are blown away by an offer, and even then, the likelihood of Jones-Drew being traded is slim.

Jones-Drew has two years left remaining on his current contract, which would pay him $9 million over those two seasons.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Open To Being Traded, According To Report

Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew is open to being traded, following team owner Shad Khan's comments regarding Jones-Drew's holdout.

Commenting on Jones-Drew's holdout, Khan told the Florida Times-Union that the "train is leaving the station. Run, get on it."

Khan's comments irked Jones-Drew enough that he is now open to a trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jones-Drew's agent told the Associated Press that his client "wants to play for an organization that wants him, and for an owner that respects him, and values what he brings to a team, on the field, in the locker room, and in the community." The 2006 second-round draft pick still has two years remaining on his current contract, but is holding out for a richer deal that would give him more long-term security. Khan has remained steadfast in his stance, refusing to give Jones-Drew a new contract.

Jones-Drew has rushed for over 1,300 yards each of the last three seasons, and led the NFL in rushing yards in 2011, with 1,606.

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Shad Khan On Maurice Jones-Drew: 'Train Is Leaving The Station'

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan had a somewhat encouraging if not cryptic comment regarding holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew on Tuesday afternoon:

Jones-Drew has been a no-show for Jaguars activities since workouts in April, and Khan stated back in July that there were no plans to give the running back a new contract before the start of this season. Khan has also stated that the holdout is "not a great concern:"

"I've been involved in many kind of industrial business dealings," Khan said. "I've encountered strikes and violence. And if you don't handle that, you're not around to see them through.

"Believe me, on a zero-to-10 level of stress, this doesn't even move the needle."

Jones-Drew has two years remaining on his contract with the Jaguars, which would pay him $9 million over two seasons. The six-year veteran was the bulk of the team's offense last season, rushing for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to 374 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Won't Report To Jaguars Training Camp, According To Report

The Jacksonville Jaguars report for training camp on Thursday, but star running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be there, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The two sides have been squabbling over a new contract, which Jones-Drew is pressing for. The Jaguars, however, have dug in their heels and say they refuse to negotiate a new contract, as Jones-Drew still has two years remaining on the five-year, $31 million deal he signed prior to the 2009 NFL season.

Jones-Drew is seeing running back after running back cash in and sign new deals, and is looking for one more pay day after leading the league in rushing in 2011.

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Jaguars Coach Unsure If Maurice Jones-Drew Will Show Up To Training Camp

Maurice Jones-Drew wants a new contract that pays him like one of the best running backs in the NFL, but it's unclear whether or not he's going to hold out to get it. Jones-Drew skipped the team's mandatory minicamp, leading to suspicions that he'd skip the start of training camp if that's what it took to get a new deal, but Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey isn't sure whether or not Jones-Drew is going to show up on Thursday for the start of camp.

Mularkey is doing a good job of pretending that Jones-Drew is just like any fringe player trying to make the team, and that he doesn't care whether or not his star running back shows up.

"Every player had to sign that they got the information in regards to training camp. Somebody signed at the (Jones-Drew) household we sent it to. Everybody is aware of when it starts, when they have to be here.''

In reality, Mularkey's offense is going to be hindered significantly if Jones-Drew decides to hold out, but admitting that isn't going to help his employer in negotiations with Jones-Drew.

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