Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:40 pm
If you're worried about Maurice Jones-Drew not being effective or holding up for the 2011 season because of offseason knee surgery and a perceived "bone-on-bone" condition, get over it.
A source close to the Jaguars' star running back told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that Jones-Drew is ahead of schedule on his rehab from surgery for a torn meniscus and is already running and cutting in what was referred to as "grueling" rehab.
It's worth noting that Jones-Drew began feeling pain in his right knee during the preseason and played through it for 14 of 16 games, including a six-week span late in the year where he had consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts. Rehab is still expected to last through May, but according to the source, Jones-Drew will be "better than ever" when it's time for training camp.
For a player who has been as consistently productive as Jones-Drew has been over his career, that's a lot off our minds.
Posted on: March 2, 2009 11:11 am
If you liked the story done on Maurice Jones-Drew, and you want to learn more about him, check out these pieces of our conversation. Some of this did make the final story, but I wanted to share this with you.
What's been the secret to being so consistent over the last three seasons?
The last three games of the '08 season, you were virtually alone at RB. Other RBs had five other carries combined. How did you treat those last three games?
So with Taylor gone, what happens now?
Do you use this talk about your size as motivation?
"A little bit. That's been one thing, but getting drafted where I got drafted just because of my size, not because of my production, is very upsetting. I use it against every team we play. This next season I'll play the last of the 31 teams that passed on me. That might be the end of that motivation and I'll move on to something else."
Might you feel vindicated when you get paid like Sproles?
How vital is it to the Jags offense that you’re utilized as a receiver out of the backfield often? Do you like that role?
Jacksonville’s picking 8th, and some people out there think you guys need a QB, which is laughable. What do you see as the club’s biggest need with the pick?
Didn't you have a sprained knee in that last game of the year against the Ravens?
How would you feel if the Jaguars brought in another running back to split time with you in 2009?
"It would tell me that they don't believe (in me), but there's nothing I can do about it. All I can do is go out there and play as hard as I can and show them that I work hard and I'm willing to do it. If you feel I'm not ready, that's your opinion and I'll just do what you ask. I really don't try to cause any commotion about those things."
"I'm a man at ease off the field. On the field, I kind of play like a man with his hair on fire. Two different personalities, I guess. I don't know how it happened, I guess something clicks right before a game and I just turn into somebody totally different, and then when a game is over, I kind of come back to peace."