JACKSONVILLE FL - DECEMBER 12: Rashad Jennings #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes against Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at EverBank Field on December 12 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Considering today is the first mandatory practice of the 2012 offseason, today can be considered day one of Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout. While it's an obvious negative for any team to be missing their best player, one person that can take advantage of the situation is running back Rashad Jennings.
Jennings, who coincidentally has the same agent as Jones-Drew, is entering the final season of the contract he received after being drafted by the Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. While he is obviously not a starting player for the Jaguars, his absence due to a knee injury was noticeable in 2011 as the Jaguars struggled to find a back to spell Jones-Drew.
Now Jennings is back and ready to prove his worth to the Jaguars or possibly the rest of the NFL if Gene Smith and co. choose not to re-sign the Liberty product. And what better opportunity for the 27-year old to show his worth and earn himself more opportunities this season than to participate in the Jaguars mini-camp as the team's clear-cut best back?