When we last checked in with Maurice Jones-Drew in late March, there was reason to feel rosy and generally satisfied with your place in the universe. If you’re either a Jones-Drew owner in a keeper or dynasty league, or a prospective owner hoping to pounce on a running back who’s still nearly the sole driver of his offense, you felt pretty warm and fuzzy when new head coach Gus Bradley said the league’s mightiest mouse will be ready to go.
Now we have more physical proof that he’s progressing, meaning you can again do whatever it is that you do when feeling tremendous glee. Just please, keep your clothes on.
Read this and become…overjoyed?
RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he’s making progress, ran 3/4 speed today for a bit. #jaguars
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) May 13, 2013
That’s great and all, and it’s probably about where Jones-Drew should be here in mid May during his recovery from an injury which was incredibly frustrating for his owners last season. At first it was thought that Jones-Drew suffered a high-ankle sprain, a diagnosis which leads to enough tears for running backs. When he was unable to return for even the final few games of a lost season (he missed 10 games in total), Jones-Drew eventually had offseason Lisfranc surgery.
Awful times indeed. If he’s running at nearly full speed now, he should be just fine for training camp, and even better for the regular season. That’s all dandy, and if you’re still about to approach Jones-Drew with hesitancy in fantasy drafts due to a perceived injury risk, I’ll remind you that while some sets of human bones may be a little more susceptible to injury than others (HI, Darren McFadden), in general a “safe” player in terms of injury danger doesn’t exist.
This is the part when I remind you that Arian Foster — who will likely be the No. 2 overall pick in many leagues this year, behind only Adrian Peterson — is a regression candidate in 2013 due to his immense workload (1,010 carries over the past three years, highlighted by a career high 351 in 2012).
The Jaguars could be hesitant initially with Jones-Drew, which may lead to a quality flex opportunity with his backup Justin Forsett in deep leagues. In even deeper leagues the same applies to Denard Robinson, who comes with a whole lot of intrigue in his new role as a running back.