The Jaguars most, and maybe only, explosive player has been medically cleared for training camp after spending his offseason rehabbing a surgically repaired foot head coach Gus Bradley told reporters on Tuesday.
As expected, Bradley was careful to note that the Jaguars won't be rushing Jones-Drew back into a full workload, saying the Jags are "extremely excited about the progress he's made." Bradley also said Jones-Drew would see "some reps," but the big idea was to keep Jones-Drew's workload on the safe side.
Maurice Jones-Drew told the press, "Now it's back to football. It's been a long time coming."
While Jones-Drew is a seasoned veteran, he is working with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch for the first time, meaning any practice time Jones-Drew does see is very important in getting him up to speed.
As with other players coming off of injuries, we don't expect Jones-Drew to see much, if any, playing time in the first two Jaguars preseason games. He's most likely to see the field in the team's third preseason game with other starters on the field.
Getting Jones-Drew back won't turn the Jaguars' offense into one of the premier units in the league, but it does make their running attack respectable. After losing him last season, the Jaguars couldn't run or throw the ball, probably contributing to their league worst 2-14 record.