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Week 1 vs. DEN
Rushing: 23 / 98 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 3 targets
Jones-Drew shook off preseason talk of knee issues with a very strong performance. He was able to grind down the Broncos defense for a near 100 yard game and ran with his usual toughness and undeniable strength. His never go down mentality forced two face mask penalties on the game-winning in a big contribution that won't show up in the box score. He cut back with no hesitation, and the Jags rode him just they way they would if he was 100%. Jones-Drew looks like he was worth that top four pick after all.
Week 2 vs. SD
Rushing: 12 / 31 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 0 on 1 targets
It was a terribly frustrating afternoon for Jones-Drew, who was never able to get anything going. There was no running room in the early going, as the Chargers were frequently gang-tackling in the backfield. The passing game wasn't helping matters, since David Garrard and company were busy turning the ball over almost non-stop. Jones-Drew himself turned it over once as well, on a third and one carry early in the second half. There were seemingly more camera shots of Jones-Drew on the sideline with his helmet off looking bored than there were of him actually running the ball. He was out-gained on the ground by backup Rashad Jennings, and had just one reception in the passing game. It was a nice effort to pick up 17 yards on a third and long screen pass, but outside of that his impact was non-existent.
Week 3 vs. PHI
Rushing: 22 / 88 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 1 / 0 on 3 targets
Maurice Jones-Drew ran hard and racked up above-average amounts of yardage when he ran against the strong Eagles defense in Week 3, but he failed to break off a big run on the day. Jones-Drew had a long of 17 yards and was limited in his production as David Garrard and the rest of the passing game could not create anything close to a balanced attack. Jones-Drew should have better chances against the Colts next week.
Week 4 vs. IND
Rushing: 26 / 105 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 1 on 2 targets
Finally MJD is able to put a complete game together. The Colts had a soft run defense coming into this football game but MJD carved them up on the ground with plenty of 2, 3, and 4 yard gains. He broke some longer runs too but he was making sure he gained a few yards every time they gave him the football. Sometimes Jacksonville was content to hand the ball off to him 3 or 4 times in a row. He really has no one that takes away any touches form him and even the passing game is just a backdrop for his carries and attempts in a football game. MJD is almost all the offense the Jags have and it was a great game plan because it ate up a lot of clock along the way and shortened the football game. On the 2nd to last drive when Jacksonville took the lead 28-21, MJD had his number called 4 of the 6 plays inside the 25 yard line of Indy. The problem obviously is that Jacksonville is very inconsistent and it starts at their QB spot plus and underwhelming set of receivers but MJD is head and shoulders the offense in Jacksonville.
Week 5 vs. BUF
Rushing: 19 / 84 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 4 targets
Jones-Drew found it difficult to get going early, as Buffalo gave him little to no running room. He was routinely met at the line, or shortly after but never had tackles for loss. He had one big run early on, where he showed great patience by slowing down and finding the huge cutback lane to the left of the defense. He was mostly used up the middle and thus, would have had a difficult time breaking one off against this Buffalo team who did not fear the passing game much. Jones-Drew did seem to improve with every carry and began to bust big gains late in the third and fourth quarter. He would have scored on a touchdown run if not for a holding penalty. He also had one drop, but really was reliable for his team and did as much as his team could have asked.
Week 6 vs. TEN
Rushing: 17 / 57 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Jones-Drew looked good on the touches that he got but never got a chance to break anything. The Jaguars played from behind for the whole game and never established a consistent running game. MJD was powerful on his runs up the middle, most times gaining 6 or 7 yards. He had one carry in red zone where he moved the pile several yards for a nice gain.
Week 7 vs. KC
Rushing: 16 / 47 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 74 / 1 on 6 targets
Maurice Jones-Drew was bottled up for the majority of this game on the ground by a very good Kansas City inside linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher, but he managed to make hay in the receiving game. Jones-Drew did have a nice 21 yard run when he saw nothing between the tackles, astutely bouncing the run to the outside. His touchdown was a thing of beauty as he beat Mike Vrabel to the corner of the end zone and caught a nicely lofted pass from Bouman over his outside shoulder. Jones-Drew showed his open field elusiveness on a 29 yard gain on a screen pass as he shifted left and right to avoid tacklers. It was a good day from MJD, but not his best by any means.
Week 8 vs. DAL
Rushing: 27 / 135 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 13 / 0 on 3 targets
Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Cowboys. Coach Jack Del Rio made sure that Jones-Drew was a featured piece of the offense and it showed. Despite a mediocre season to date, Jones-Drew was saddled with 29 touches for 148 yards against a Dallas front seven that had difficulty stopping him before he'd gained positive yardage. His best run came on a 23 yard scamper around left end that set up Mike Sims-Walker's ten yard touchdown reception. On the play, Jones-Drew took a quick toss from David Garrard and used his speed to beat the Dallas defense to the sideline before turning upfield for the large gain. Jones-Drew is being targeted in the passing game a reasonable amount, but the emergence of Mike Thomas as a possession receiver has minimized the need for Jones-Drew to catch the ball more then a couple times a game out of the backfield.
Week 10 vs. HOU
Rushing: 24 / 100 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 23 / 0 on 3 targets
Jones-Drew was a constant thorn in the side of Houston, who couldn't seem to stop the former UCLA Bruin from knifing through their defense. Jones-Drew managed to get an 11 yard gain against a nine man box of Houston on one occasion. Jacksonville was dominant in the trenches and used a lot of two tight end sets. Jones-Drew scored two rushing touchdowns on runs that were well blocked and didn't involve a lot of second effort from MJD. Jones-Drew ran with his usual toughness and desire, and his performance played a big part in their victory.
Week 11 vs. CLE
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 23 / 133 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 87 / 0 on 3 targets
Jones-Drew had a command performance, but it was still close to being a fantasy dud until the fourth quarter. On the downside, he turned the ball over twice, once on a fumble that was just a good strip by Abram Elam and the second on a halfback option throw that was on target, but undercut and intercepted by Elam. Otherwise, MJD was patient, strong, quick, and getting good gains on most runs behind a line that was getting a good push at the point of attack. MJD's stats were still pedestrian until he started ripping off longer gains against a tired Cleveland defense in the second half, including a 75-yard screen pass catch and run that set up the game-winning TD, which Jones-Drew scored. He is back to being the stud everyone thought they were getting in the top five of their draft.
Week 12 vs. NYG
Rushing: 21 / 113 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 9 / 0 on 4 targets
Jones-Drew broke 100 yards for the fourth straight game, though he failed to score this time out. He continues to run incredibly tough and he absolutely annihilated Giants safety Terrell Thomas on a run where he just flat out ran over the former USC Trojan. Jones-Drew continues to show great vision and cutback ability, changing direction to hit a hole, avoid a tackler or find a new lane. Garrard also looks for him frequently in the pass game as well and Jones-Drew is deadly in space.
Running the ball, catching the ball, blocking, short yardage, longer downs --- there isn't anything this all purpose back can't do.
Week 13 vs. TEN
Rushing: 31 / 186 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
MJD and his wares were on full display this week. Jacksonville's game-plan looked to be to absolutely break the will of the Titans defense by pounding them with MJD right from the start. Jones-Drew ran hot all game between the tackles, beating defenders to the edge as well. MJD just bruised it up, punishing would be tacklers along the way on each carry. One of the best and most consistent performances you will ever see from a running back honestly. He gashed the Titans D for just under 200 yards on 32 touches.
Week 14 vs. OAK
Rushing: 23 / 101 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 6 targets
Jones-Drew (MJD) is short but he's not small. He finishes every run with power that makes defenders wish they didn't have to tackle him. He can easily run "behind" his offensive line on outside runs as he is so short and then burst upfield or down the sideline. MJD had numerous runs to the outside and enjoyed great run blocking from his team. He gave the Jaguars a powerful inside rushing threat to manage down and distance situations and was invaluable to his team. He wasn't asked to do much else but the football on mostly vanilla run plays but was excellent in this role despite never reaching the big play.
Week 15 vs. IND
Rushing: 15 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 3 targets
MJD just had nowhere to run in this one. The Colts clearly refused to let MJD run all over them, as he has in previous matchups. From the start, they kept 8 in the box and forced Garrard to beat them in the passing game. Fortunately for the Colts, the Jags didn't do a good job of adjusting until the 2nd half. In the first, the Jags stuck with the running game, and MJD was stone-walled again and again. Jones-Drew did add a few receptions and 22 yards in the receiving game, but by and large, wasn't able to get anything going in a week in which his owners were counting on big things.