probably seen or heard that Maurice Jones-Drew needs to lighten his load this season and that his backup, Rashad Jennings should get more carries. I know that MJD is coming of a knee injury, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that he will get fewer carries or have less production. I am a firm believer that he will not only continue to play at a high level, I believe he will improve on last seasons stats. It wouldn’t surprise me if he came into this season with a major chip on his shoulder & it shouldn’t surprise any of you either. Don’t forget he had 6 straight games with 100 plus yards towards the end of last year & he did that with a knee that was, in his own words, “bone on bone”.
I have had the misfortune of having a very similar knee injury before. It hurt like hell and it took me about 10 months of rehab to get back to normal. I know for a fact that Maurice is a lot tougher, stronger & faster than I am. He also has the benefit of a state of the art medical facility/rehab & training team to help him. I just sat on the couch with my leg on a pillow for most of my rehab. Yes, I went to rehab and tried to work out, but we all know that MJD is pushing himself and his surgically repaired knee a heck of a lot more than I ever did.
Jones-Drew is one tough & durable running back. Last season was the only time since he was drafted by the Jaguars that he lost more than 1 game in a season due to injury. Everyone knows how powerful a running back he is (not nicknamed Pocket Hercules for nothing), but he is intelligent too. You rarely see him take a direct hit on the field. He knows how to avoid the big hit and still be able to break arm tackles from defenders as well as run right over them if need be. I see no reason why he won’t continue to be dominate. He has had over 1,300 yards for each of the last 2 seasons & has over 5,200 for his career. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry while totaling 54 TDs during his time as a Jaguar.
Let’s not forget that he is a much better pass blocker than most people give him credit for. I know I’m not the only one that remembers when he knocked Shawn Merriman flat on his butt a few years ago…..lights out indeed. How many times have we all seen him literally drag multiple defenders over the goal line or simply run them over in route to said goal line? There is a reason he wears a superman shirt under his Jaguar uniform. Maurice Jones-Drew can not be stopped. Defenses can only hope to contain him and most fail in epic style.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for Jennings being all the running back he can be when his chance comes again & he did show that he can be productive last season, but this is a job for superman. Number 32 can plow through D-lines like a runaway locomotive, can outrun CBs & safeties faster than a speeding bullet & is able to leap over would be tacklers in a single bound. Look, running towards another touchdown at Everbank field & leaving broken defenses in his wake, its Maurice Jones-Drew…..and he has NOT lost is mojo.