Elite running back believes he will be at full fitness months before training camp begins.
After a season that was cut short after just five games, Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew has said that he hopes to be back at full fitness by June, as he prepares to once again carry the load of the Jaguars’ offensive output.
The 28-year old suffered a fracture in his left foot, which forced the team to put him on injured reserved for the remainder of the season, after which any of offensive production disappeared, and the team finished with a disappointing 2-14 season.
Speaking on NFL.com, MJD said he felt good about this current condition, and does not think it will be long before he is taking part in full team workouts.
“I just got back to Jacksonville a couple weeks ago from school, just have been rehabbing every day and getting used to the off-season program,” Jones-Drew said.
“I’ll be back at full speed by probably the end of May, beginning of June, and I just can’t wait to get back out there and play. I only had six weeks of football last year, so it’s just going to be exciting to get back and be with my teammates.”
He was the league’s leading rusher in 2011, rushing for 1,606 yards over the 16 game season.
If new head coach Gus Bradley wants to start building a winning franchise, he must hope that the UCLA graduate can return to this form, otherwise it may be another season spent at the bottom of the AFC South team, without much hope for the future.