Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said Monday he doesn’t know if running back Maurice Jones-Drew will arrive on Thursday when the Jaguars players report for the start of training camp.
Mularkey said he hasn’t been in contact with Jones-Drew, who skipped the entire off season program because he wants a new contract.
“Every player had to sign that they got the information in regards to training camp. Somebody signed at the (Jones-Drew) household we sent it to. Everybody is aware of when it starts, when they have to be here.’’ Mularkey said.
Mularkey declined to say if he will impose a $30,000 a day fine if Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, holds out. That is the maximum fine allowed for signed players who miss training camp.
Still no need to panic just yet as players tend to show up later in camp, have their fines waived, and then proceed forward. But, this could weigh on his mind and affect play this season, much like it did for Eagles WR DeSean Jackson last year. MJD still has two years on his contract and the team has said they don't plan to talk about a new one. We rank him 5th among our RBs, but if this situation continues, he may be a guy to pass over, esp. in the middle of the first round where he is projected to be taken.