Despite a holdout that wiped out training camp and the entirety of the preseason, Maurice Jones-Drew said he was ready to carry the load in the Jacksonville Jaguars' season opener.
Actually, Jones-Drew said he could've handled three weeks worth of work.
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"I was ready for 80 carries last week," Jones-Drew said Wednesday, via The Associated Press. "We'll see. We'll see how increased it is. I definitely didn't think it was going to be what it was last week, but that's how it happened and we just got to adjust so we'll see how it goes this week."
Jones-Drew might not get 80 carries against the Houston Texans on Sunday, but 30 isn't out of reach, especially with Rashad Jennings sidelined with a knee injury.
"He'll see extensive play compared to what we had planned for last week's game," Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said.
Mularkey believed Jones-Drew had runs he "may have broken free" if he attended camp. It remains to be seen how long it will take Jones-Drew to get back to top form.