During their last 2 meetings, the Jets have been unsuccessful in stopping MJD. With a healthy MJD, Sunday should be no different.
This week the Jags prepare to travel to New York for Week 2 versus the Jets. After a successful victory in Week 1 versus their division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, the Jaguars have a lot to prove this week. McCown impressed skeptical NFL fans last weekend, after the Jaguars cut Garrard 5 days prior to opening day. However, any NFL fan knows that one week you may be in with your fans & the next week you are the next Kyle Orton. If McCown wants to keep Jaguar fans from chanting “Blaine Gabbert” during the games he is just going to have to keep winning. It appears as though McCown is willing to do whatever it takes to step it up for the opportunity he has been given, which even includes mentoring Gabbert. During an interview this week he stated,
“Yeah, that’s out normal Tuesday routine. We try to get in here around 8:30 or 9:00 [am] and we’re here till 1:30 or 2:00 [pm]. That’s what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. I had to learn that my first couple of years in the league behind Jeff Garcia, Kelly Holcomb and Brian Griese and these guys, and Blaine is learning the same things.”
McCown’s performance in Sunday’s game versus the Jets will be crucial, but he is not the only player that will impact the results. TE Marcedes Lewis left the game early last Sunday versus the Titans; it was first reported to be a cramp and was administered IV fluids. Later it was discovered he in fact has a strained muscle. He has missed practice on Wednesday & may not practice this evening. Lewis will test out the calf on Friday, and plans to play as long as he is not in pain. He is aware his team needs the Pro Bowl TE and stated in an interview this week:
“When I’m at my best, I give our team a better shot at winning. That’s why it’s annoying and frustrating.”
Even if Marcedes cannot play on Sunday, there is a glimpse of hope that Zach Miller could finally return to the field. Miller has not been able to catch a break from injuries since he joined the Jaguars in 2009. However, when he is healthy he is compared to other top tier TE’s such as Dallas Clark.
“Hopefully, he’ll be ready Sunday, too – but hopefully, we can all be out there contributing. An eighty- or eighty-five percent Marcedes Lewis is better than no Marcedes Lewis, but you don’t want to set him back,” Miller said during an interview when asked about Lewis’ injury and his own availability on Sunday.
The Jaguars finally have a healthy Maurice Jones Drew on the field & head coach Jack Del Rio is determined to keep it that way. As Jaguar fans saw last week, while fantasy football owners cringed, JDR removed MJD from the game because he is on a play count. Jacksonville’s superstar running back, suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee all last season, has been put on a play count to reduce the risk of injury. Jones Drew was limited action during preseason & Sunday’s win versus the Titans was no different, he finished with 97 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries before JDR replaced him with his backup Deji Karim who ran for 33 yards on 14 carries. Needless to say, this did not please MJD the slightest bit. After taking some time to cool down & think about the situation logically he spoke about it during a conference call on Wednesday, stating:
“It actually feels like when I was eight years old or maybe when I was born, fresh out of the womb knee,” Jones-Drew said during a conference call yesterday. “When you’re in the middle of the game, tempers flare, emotions are flying. The coaches are doing what’s best for the team. I can’t argue with that at all.”
The Jaguars finish finally preparation for Sunday’s game versus the Jets tomorrow night. The status on Marcedes Lewis & Zach Miller should be determined by then. JDR does not plan to release MJD’s play count, but in the fact that in last two meetings the Jets were unsuccessful in stopping MJD could equal more playing time for the RB. The Jags Nation will have to wait until Sunday to see how things play out & fantasy owners everywhere will just have to take the risk.
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