It looks like Maurice Jones-Drew’s 32-day holdout is not only backfiring in his desire to get a new contract, but also making it close to impossible for the Jaguars’ running back to start the season opener on September 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Head coach Mike Mularkey, who has yet to meet Jones-Drew face-to-face, said at his press conference Monday that he expects RB Rashad Jennings to be the starter to open the season. However, he did clarify as he left the room that he wasn’t ruling Jones-Drew out as the opening-day starter.
"I expect Rashad [Jennings] will start, we'll just have to see," Mularkey said.
It's not a surprise. But, things can change quickly, and without much leverage, many still expect MJD to report. Until then, Jennings could be a nice guy to grab either late in drafts or off the wire if you had your draft. If you're an MJD owner, having Jennings on your roster would probably save you a lot of stress...