Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Rashad Jennings Will Be First To Welcome Him Back

Aug 10, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) rushes for yardage during the first quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings is making the most of Maurice Jones-Drew holding out of training camp and the preseason looking for a new contract. In Jones-Drew's absence, Jennings is preparing like he's going to be the starter and making an impression on fans, media, and the coaching staff with the work he's putting in.

"As far as the opportunity that's out there, I prepare myself as a starter year in, year out," Jennings told Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. "High school I prepared as a starter regardless of the situation and college I prepared as a starter regardless of the situation, and nothing changes in the NFL. So I'm excited just to be back healthy, out there with the guys."

Jennings also expanded on what's been mentioned before, it doesn't seem to be a big problem with Jones-Drew not in the fold.

"It's a nice vibe that's rolling around here in Jacksonville," Jennings said on how the team is reacting to Jones-Drew not being there. "Whenever everything's taken care of from the other side, which as a ball player we all know our lanes, but when that day comes that everything's taken care of, when he walks back in the locker room, I'll be the first person - of many - to welcome him with open arms."

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