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Maurice Jones-Drew lost weight, Jaguars coach says

Maurice Jones-Drew's road back from season-ending Lisfranc surgery remains a work in progress.

Before leaving the team to work out on his own in Miami, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back entered the team's offseason conditioning program out of shape, according to The Associated Press.

But coach Gus Bradley said there are signs of improvement.

"It sounds like he's making good progress and that his weight is coming down," Bradley told The AP on Tuesday. "It feels like the workouts are going good down there."

Jones-Drew told NFL Network he began jogging "lightly" in April, and he hoped to be full speed "probably the end of May, beginning of June." The AP reported he's still not running at full speed -- he was at 75 percent in mid-May.

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Jones-Drew said this offseason he wants to reach his college playing weight of 205 pounds for 2013. He acknowledged last month that he toiled through last season closer to 217 after a nasty contract dispute with the Jaguars.

The Jags will have a first-hand look at their starting back at next week's mandatory three-day minicamp. Jaguars officials also probably will want to chat about the details of a bar fight in May, in which MJD allegedly struck a security guard in St. Augustine, Fla.

It feels like ages since Jones-Drew tore up opponents and led the league with 1,606 yards rushing, but that was just two seasons ago. Contract battles, assorted injuries, whispers of bar melees and sojourns to South Beach will do that to a man.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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