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Different Role for Jones-Drew?
As the Jaguars released Taylor, it was clear that Maurice Jones-Drew was now the face of the team's backfield, if not the organization. In three seasons after being drafted with the 60th overall pick from UCLA, Jones-Drew has been by far the most productive back of his draft class as he's scored 42 touchdowns.
Jones-Drew believes that his success hasn't come from formations or trickery, but more winning one-on-one battles.
"It's not about tricking," Jones-Drew said. It's about going out there and whipping the man in front of you."
Jones-Drew's powerful style wouldn't have many confusing him with a scat-back, but he can catch the ball as well as anyone in the league. Maurice believes that his role with the team won't change much with Fred Taylor gone.
"I don't think my role is going to change at all, to tell you the truth," Jones-Drew told ESPN's First Take. "I'll still be running the ball, and catching the ball out of the backfield. I may catch the ball a little more, other than that I think it will be pretty much the same."
The Jaguars still figure to split carries with Jones-Drew obviously getting the majority of the touches. Maurice still believes that the team has plenty of depth in the backfield even without Taylor.
"We pride ourselves on having a bunch of running backs that are versatile and we have a bunch of guys who are stepping up, Greg Jones, Rashad Jennings, Chauncey Washington, Montell Owens, Alvin Pearman," Jones-Drew said.
Maurice Jones-Drew still figures to get most of the goal-line and short yardage carries, being he may be the best in the league in that role. Still, with Greg Jones, second-year pro Chauncey Washington, and seventh-round pick Rashad Jennings, Jones-Drew may not have to carry the ball 25 times per game.
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