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Maurice Jones-Drew: A-
When the 2011 season ended, his grade was an A+.
Now, after spending the entire offseason away from his teammates, away from his new coaching staff and offensive scheme, his grade takes a slight hit.
A holdout could adversely affect MJD, much like it did Chris Johnson as he has to get his playing legs back. That cannot be replicated away from the team.
Another reason his grade takes a hit as he returns to the team without the motivation of a new contract.
It didn't work out too well for DeSean Jackson and the Eagles last season, but hopefully, MJD thinks better of it.
Regardless, he is still one of the best running backs in the league and deserves a very high grade, just not as high as it would have been before the contract dispute.
Rashad Jennings: B
Now that Jones-Drew is back in the fold alongside Rashad Jennings, who had a great training camp and preseason, the Jaguars may all of a sudden have one of the better backfield tandems in the league.
Jennings played so well during the preseason the Jaguars did not find a need to rush Jones-Drew back in to the starting lineup against against the Vikings. The team feels comfortable letting Jennings receive the majority of the carries until Jones-Drew gets in playing shape.
When Jones-Drew is fully ready to go, Jennings may have forced his way into some more touches, which will give the Jaguars another weapon, but also keeps Jones-Drew healthy and potentially extends his career.
The Jags may have stumbled upon a very good situation in the backfield.
Montell Owens: C
Owens had a very good training camp and solid preseason. His spot on the team as the third running back seems to be safe, especially since he is a good special teamer as well. He was recently named captain of the special teams.
Keith Toston and Jalen Parmele: C-
Toston and Parmele have a problem. The Jaguars currently have four running backs listed on the roster, not including Maurice Jones-Drew, who is still listed on the reserve/did not report list.
Although Jones-Drew has returned to practice, the Jaguars, at least according to their transactions list, have yet to officially activate him from that list, meaning that there are 53 men on the roster, not including Jones-Drew.
What does that mean for Toston and Parmele? One of them will be cut before Week 1. There is zero chance the Jags keep five running backs as four is probably too many as it is.
As to who the Jags will keep, Toston saw a good amount of playing time during the preseason despite missing the Ravens game due to injury, so the roster spot may be his.
But time will tell as to who sticks around in Jacksonville.