Jaguars Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:11pm
The most pressing issue for RB Maurice Jones-Drew is his rehabilitation and conditioning after Lisfranc surgery.
Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said last week the plan is for Jones-Drew to be 100-percent when camp opens July 26. Jones-Drew said he is optimistic about his progress.
MJD said his foot is now healed and that the focus is now on strengthening the ankle. The foot being healed, he said, is important because now he can run. That, in turn, means he can condition at a level that will allow the weight he added following surgery to come off in time for training camp.
We rank MJD 14th among our running backs with the thought he could crack the top-10. Justin Forsett is his backup but would be limited in value if MJD misses time again.
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MJD may not be ready for training camp
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:07pm
There are a few red flags surrounding the usually dependable MJD. First, his injury. He's working his way back, but it sounds as if he's in a race to get ready for training camp. Next, there's his legal situation, but that seems like it may blow over. Lastly, the Jaguars are installing a new (zone-blocking) running game which may or may not suit his skill set. He's an interesting pick in the third round and has top 5 upside, but he doesn't hold his usual value at this point in the offseason.
Cecil Shorts to train with Larry Fitzgerald (again)
Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:29am
"I wanted to get stronger to be able to get off the press and be more powerful," Shorts said. "When I watch film, guys like A.J. Green, Michael Crabtree, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, they all explode off the ball. Getting of the jam and being able to shed is important. You have to be strong to hold your own. I feel stronger. I feel more explosive."
When the team took 11 days off recently, Shorts didn't. He spent his time at the facility working with the rookies, who didn't get the time off. Later this summer, he will head to Minneapolis to work out with Larry Fitzgerald, whose workouts are legendary for being tough. Shorts trained with Fitzgerald, and some others, last summer.
"Fitzgerald is the ideal pro," Shorts said. "He's an extremely hard worker, extremely humble. He's the professional of all professionals. He gets it. You can see why he's one of the best. I want to work to get there."
All but one piece (QB play) is in place for Shorts to build on his breakout season. Blaine Gabbert did have a higher average FP/T (1.49) in passes to Shorts than Chad Henne did (1.30), but Henne targeted Shorts on a much higher percentage of his attempts (25%) than Gabbert (17%), per Pro Football Reference. So if Gabbert throws to Shorts more, it should mean big things for the third-year wideout.
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:14pm
Shorts was an obvious pick because he has been a standout in camp.
Shorts' value is depressed due to the woeful QB situation in Jacksonville, but he would get a boost if Chad Henne were to win the starting job. Shorts played in four of Henne's six starts towards the end of the season and averaged 5.8 catches for 84 yards and 0.50 TD. Those are fantasy WR1 numbers.
Maurice Jones-Drew getting in shape
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 11:04am
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is recovering from Lisfranc surgery on his left foot. He arrived for the team's offseason conditioning program out of shape -- he hasn't been able to run full speed since December -- but believed the extra weight would come off by training camp. He had hoped to be running by the end of May.
Last month, Jones-Drew got permission to leave organized team activities and start working out on his own in Miami.
"It sounds like he's making good progress and that his weight is coming down," Bradley said. "It feels like the workouts are going good down there."
The best evidence will be when he returns to Jacksonville for a mandatory, three-day minicamp next week. The trip might also include a talk with investigators and possibly a chat with teammates.
There are a few red flags with MJD this year -- the weight, the foot, the fight and the zone-blocking scheme the Jaguars are reportedly installing. He's a fantasy RB2 with upside, but is no sure thing in 2013. We're not concerned about his weight -- Jones-Drew is a professional and will get in shape -- but the other question marks are not things he can necessarily control. He is in a contract year so he will be highly motivated, but motivation has never been an issue for him. We're more concerned about his environment.
Maurice Jones-Drew not charged with battery
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 1:58pm
According to the police report obtained by TMZ, MJD is accused of striking the security guard with a closed fist on the guard's left cheek, knocking him out.
Update: Adam Schefter writes, "Maurice Jones-Drew’s agent, Adisa Bakari, said St. Augstine police about to issue new release saying no charges filed against MJD."
Via ESPN: "Maurice was there and was not involved. As soon as an altercation broke out, Maurice exited the premises. He was not questioned by police immediately after, nor later that day," Bakari said Tuesday.
These are not the types of headlines players need to be making in the offseason. We'll have to see how the case shakes out over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:09pm
Blaine Gabbert doesn't appear to be getting off to a good start with the new regime in place.
MJD has progressed to running sprints
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:38pm
Jones-Drew said he ran 30 yards at three-quarters speed during the workout.
“That was exciting,” he said. “Lately, it’s been one day on, a day off, two days on, a day off — it’s part of the process.
I’m closer than I think. I just want to take my time and make sure we do it the right way.”
Jones-Drew’s goal is to resume full-scale training for the month leading into the start of training camp the last week of July.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:10am
The selection of No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel mined both old-school and new-school research. GM David Caldwell cited the former Texas A&M standout's makeup, his background, his competitiveness, and the fact that he routinely faced top pass rushers -- not only in both Big 12 and SEC play, but also in practice against Von Miller and Damontre Moore at A&M. The owner's son, Tony Khan, had data revealing that QB Blaine Gabbert was actually in the top third of NFL quarterbacks when given at least 2.6 seconds to throw.
Gabbert's numbers when he has time to throw are certainly interesting, and if the Jaguars are able to do a much better job in pass protection, he may have a chance to salvage his career.
Justin Blackmon suspended four games
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:17pm
Denard Robinson likely to play RB for Jaguars
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:59pm
The quote isn't definitive, but it comes from the team's official website, so we have to assume that the writer knows what he's talking about.
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:36pm
Jennings had a chance to make a lot of money last season with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined but ended up being benched after rushing for just 237 yards on 88 carries (2.7 YPC) from Week 7 to Week 13. He'll compete with Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart for carries behind Darren McFadden
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:26am
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:40pm
This is obviously good news for Jones-Drew who doesn't need to see any setbacks as he tries to recover from his foot injury.
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:03pm
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell was hired in January and has informed Maruice Jones-Drew’s camp he would not talk contract until later in the season or afterward.
“I really learned that through my first year in Atlanta and the approach we took,” Caldwell says. “We need a full year’s body of work to be around the guys to see what they do on the field and how they conduct themselves in the locker room, community, everything to say, ‘Hey, this is a guy we want to invest in for the future.’ ”
Says Jones-Drew: “That didn’t bother me.”
MJD's contract was a distraction heading into the 2012 season, but it appears that it won't be much of an issue in 2013.