NFP’s Bowen Talks Jaguars in His AFC South Camp Countdown

Matt Bowen over at the National Football Post has put out his AFC South Camp Countdown, and here is what he says about the Jaguars as the season nears:

Maurice Jones-Drew is the offense of the Jaguars. The club rewarded him with a new contract, Fred Taylor is now in New England, and looking at the rest of the positions on this offense, it’s no secret that the Jags will win or lose based on the play of Jones-Drew. But how much of a load can he handle?

Franchise running backs have small windows in this league when it comes to top production, and for the Jags, this should be on their minds when camp opens up. Jones-Drew’s workload needs to be monitored during practice, during preseason games and into the season because when or if his legs begin to tire, this offense will sputter. If I’m the Jags, I get former USC running back Chauncey Washington involved early in camp, limit the number of touches for Jones-Drew in the preseason and then give Washington some touches in the regular season. Outside of Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, there’s no one in the league I would rather give the ball to out of the backfield than Jones-Drew, but the Jags want that in November and December as well.

This guy is a special talent. I played against him in my career, and trying to tackle him is like trying to tackle a bowling ball rolling downhill, covered in grease. But the Jags can’t wear him down, and that starts on the first day of camp.

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