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Jaguars OTAs: Maurice Jones-Drew overweight, getting into shape

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Jones-Drew has been rehabbing a foot injury and taking classes at UCLA since the 2012 season ended.

Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has had some tumultuous times with the team during the last year, as a lengthy hold-out, a Lisfranc injury and accusations of battery are not exactly the year that any player wants to have prior to a contract year. Still three months away from the first regular season game for the Jaguars, Jones-Drew is also facing the challenge of bringing his weight down after he showed up to organized team activities out of shape, according to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.

"It sounds like he's making good progress and that his weight is coming down," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told Kuharsky. "It feels like the workouts are going good down there."

The fact that Jones-Drew isn't in the greatest shape shouldn't be the biggest surprise, considering a foot injury that left him in a walking boot and had him getting around with a scooter. Couple that with Jones-Drew spending plenty of time taking classes at UCLA and the addition of extra pounds makes plenty of sense.

Still, it's not something that is often associated with Jones-Drew, as he has always managed to stay in great shape, even in situations like his holdout in 2012. With three months until the regular season though, he has plenty of time to get back to playing shape.