Jones-Drew, 27, has been sitting out of the team’s voluntary workouts and is reportedly looking for a new contract extension. If the Jaguars are really concerned about his overall ability moving forward, it’s hard to see them committing to the kind of contract that he’s looking for.
On top of that concern, Jones-Drew has seen a very large workload in recent years while battling through injuries, so that has to be taken into consideration as well. NFL teams have been reluctant to commit to running backs over the long-term. The fact that Jones-Drew is 27 is another concerning factor.
With that being said, not having Jones-Drew as a part of their backfield this season would apply even more pressure to Blaine Gabbert, which is something that he doesn’t need at this point in his career. I’d expect to see them work something out at some point in time, but it shouldn’t be surprising see them exercise some caution.