Rashad Jennings' Performance in Week 1 Will Make Maurice Jones-Drew Expendable

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 23: Running back Rashad Jennings #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars escapes linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won 48-17. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Rashad Jennings will start in Week 1, despite Maurice Jones-Drew ending his holdout, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jennings will take advantage of this opportunity. He's a solid back who has averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his two NFL seasons. Jacksonville's strong commitment to the run will give him every chance to shine.

He needs to seize the moment, because his carries could diminish significantly once MJD is back in the swing of things. A strong performance from Jennings would give the Jacksonville Jaguars inspiration to trade MJD.

He's one of the best backs in the NFL, he led the league in rushing in 2011, but the Jags need a lot of help.

Running back is perhaps the most interchangeable position in the sport. Jennings showing that he can be productive would help the team feel better about parting ways with MJD.

Jennings has had only one game with over 20 carries, and he produced 123 yards and a touchdown in that game.

It took place in 2010, as Jennings missed all of 2011 with injuries.

If the Jags know they still have a solid performer at running back, it makes sense to add picks and young players for MJD.

Teams don't need to have the most dynamic performers at the position. If you have the opportunity to improve multiple spots, with a slight fall-off at running back, it's totally worth it for the overall betterment of the team.

MJD could land with a team closer to competing for a championship, and the Jags can set themselves in a better position for the future.


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