|Photo by Excel23 via Wikimedia|
The veteran running back is the Jaguars most accomplished player having rushed for upwards of 1,300 yards in three of his eight seasons with Jacksonville. Last year they were hoping for a comeback from being last in the league when Jones-Drew suffered a hamstring strain in their win against the Texans.
Jones-Drew had not been performing as himself up to that point last season. The veteran back hindered by Jacksonville's low ranking from breaking out of the team's losing slump until the game against Houston. In the fourth quarter he was tackled by linebacker Bruce Reed after a 15-yard catch-and-run.
Both he and the team remained optimistic as his status was questionable following an MRI to assess the extent of the damage.
Jacksonville apparently made no huge effort to prevent Jones-Drew from leaving. He expressed no bitterness toward the franchise. He told the Florida Times-Union,
...I'm fine with it. I kind of figured that because we didn't talk throughout the year. That's part of the business. There's no hard feelings. ... Wherever I go next year, they'll have a person ready to play at a high level.
Jones-Drew had a season-high 103 yards against the Texans. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 3 last season. He set up the Jaguars for a final touchdown with a season-long 48-yard run breaking four tackles.
Hoping for a new start Jones-Drew, who just turned 29 this month, is working hard to maintain his explosive play-making ability. On taking his talents elsewhere earlier this year he said,
All I can do is control what I can control, which is work out and get into the best shape I can be in and see how things come out in March.