HC Mike Mularkey indicated that Maurice Jones-Drew won’t be automatically put right back into the lineup, assuming he decides to return.
“We have to obviously spend extra time with him in the classroom and see where he is with his conditioning. Even if he is in good condition, he won’t be in football condition. As guys have found out, it’s hard to practice their condition 2 1/2 hours like we do out here.
“There’s no exercises and nothing you can do to simulate an NFL practice and an NFL game. We’ll just see where he is when he’s back both mentally and physically.”
Mularkey added, “I think it would be a disservice to put him in if he was not fully prepared. It would be a health risk to do that. If he’s not prepared, it is not going to help us offensively and it’s not going to help our team if he’s not ready to go at full strength. I would never put our team in jeopardy of being in that position.’’
Jaguars blogger Alfie Crow doesn't believe that MJD will return to the 300-carry level that we're accustomed to, mainly due to how well Rashad Jennings has looked in camp. Between possible missed games due to the holdout, possible injury and a reduced workload, it's time to start looking at Jones–Drew as a 2nd round RB.