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Maurice Jones-Drew injury: Jaguars RB a fantasy football steal waiting to happen

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There were some concerns over Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew's recovery, but he appears ready to go

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The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled to run the football without Maurice Jones-Drew in the lineup last season for the final 10 games. Jones-Drew missed the majority of the season with a Lisfranc injury, which required offseason surgery, and left a lot of people wondering if he would be ready for the start of the regular season.

Jones-Drew saw his first action against the New York Jets and appeared he might be the Jones-Drew of old, but that was hammered home a bit with his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones-Drew didn't do anything special like scamper for 80 yards to a score, but he looked quick in his cuts and had a nice reception out of the backfield against the Jets.

In some fantasy football drafts, Jones-Drew is likely going to get passed over early because of the fear of his injury status and the fact that he's on a Jaguars offense that isn't expected to be very good. What the team has shown in the preseason however is that they'll be committed to running the football and utilizing both backs in the passing game. Jones-Drew could be a second-round steal in some leagues going forward, just because of those two concerns.

They shouldn't be a concern, however, as Jones-Drew has proven to be a top fantasy option even in a terrible offense.

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