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Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Time For Jaguars RB To Show Up

The preseason is halfway over and Maurice Jones-Drew still isn't practicing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gene Frenette at Jacksonville.com says enough is enough.

MJD has accrued over $780,000 in fines during his now-25-day holdout, but apart from the monetary side the All-Pro running back has yet to see any of new coach Mike Mularkey's offensive system. The Jaguars' first team offense looked pretty good against the New Orleans Saints this past weekend (particularly fellow skill players Blaine Gabbert and rookie Justin Blackmon), and Frenette thinks it's time MJD jumps on board, going so far as to say he owes the Jaguars:

"I know, being the NFL rushing leader last season, you feel like you've outperformed that contract extension the Jaguars handed out in 2009. People understand a running back's shelf life is limited. But because you took the immediate financial security (collecting $21.85 million in the first three years) the team offered, it can rightfully be argued the Jaguars deserve a reward on the back end by not extending your deal with two years remaining."

GM Gene Smith has already said he expects Jones-Drew to fulfill the last two years of his contract. The Jaguars open the season Sept. 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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