Before the Jacksonville Jaguars being their full week of preparation for the game against the Buffalo Bills, the team got news that Maurice Jones-Drew is currently listed as questionable for the Sunday tilt at home.
Jones-Drew hurt his hamstring at the end of the game with the Houston Texans - a game the Jaguars won 27-20 for their first home win since November of last season.
According to Jaguars.com and senior writer, John Oehser, “Jones-Drew, the three-time Pro Bowl running back whose production has increased in recent weeks, will be questionable this week as the Jaguars begin preparing to play the Buffalo Bills, Head Coach Gus Bradley said Monday.”
The former NFL rushing champion and Pro Bowl player will be evaluated as the week moves on.
If Jones-Drew cannot make the start for the team, Jordan Todman may get his first start of this NFL career. Bradley said Jones-Drew felt better Monday after time off over the weekend, but said he likely won’t practice until at least Friday. Jones-Drew told reporters earlier in the day he underwent treatment throughout the weekend and also said that he likely wouldn’t practice until Friday.
The running game has been such an important part of the resurgence of this team this past month. That coupled with a reborn defensive charge and the establishment of a better offensive line, the Jaguars are looking for their second win in a row at home and four out of five games.
Last week marked the first time all season the team has had a 100-yard rusher in a game. Jones-Drew’s numbers continue to spike as the season has worn on. Should Jones-Drew not be able to start on Sunday, look for Jordan Todman to get his first career start and for Denard Robinson to see major action as well.
Todman, who signed with the Jaguars off the Vikings’ practice squad last November, has shared carries at times with Jones-Drew in recent games. He has rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns this season with 76 yards and a touchdown coming in the last three weeks.
But for the Jaguars to be successful on Sunday, they must continue to do what they have been doing with the running attack. In Oehser’s story, “Bradley said a point of emphasis for Todman will be in pass protection, particularly on third down. Jones-Drew is one of the NFL’s best pass-blocking running backs and the team has opted to play Jones-Drew in that situation even while the Todman and Jones-Drew shared time.”