Due to a Rashad Jennings knee injury against Minnesota last week, Maurice Jones-Drew will get the starting nod for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Jones-Drew was not expected to start the second week of the season. Mike Mularkey was planning on easing Jones-Drew back into the starting slot later in the season. Jones-Drew lost his starting position after he conducted a 38-day holdout because he was not satisfied with his contract.
Sunday is a big game for Jacksonville. Starting Jones-Drew, who led the NFL last season in rushing with 1,606 yards, should be extremely beneficial for Jacksonville. Not only is it a division game, there is a rivalry between the Houston Texans and the Jaguars. Houston has been victorious the past three meetings and also beat Jacksonville in Jack Del Rio’s final game as head coach last year. Not to mention, it is Mike Mularkey’s first home game.
After suffering an overtime loss to Minnesota last Sunday, Jacksonville is looking for Jones-Drew to become more knowledgeable with the play book and for him to add an extra spark and energy to the Jaguar offense. Eagerness and enthusiasm is not all the Jaguars are looking for from Jones-Drew. When you possess the league’s leading rusher from last season, you expect to be victorious.