- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Jaguars have a non-threatening offense.
It was bad before Maurice Jones-Drew went down with a foot injury in an Oct. 23 loss at Oakland, and it’s been bad since.
ESPN Stats & Info says Jacksonville ranks dead last in plays per drive (5.9), yards per drive (22.2) and three-and-outs (35). Only the Cardinals are averaging fewer yards per play than Jacksonville.
The team’s receivers have dropped 26 passes this season. That’s 8.6 percent of their total targets, worst in the NFL. Cecil Shorts leads the team with five drops, and Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon have four apiece.
The Texans' quality defense won't provide an easy setting for the Jaguars to break out of any of those offensive funks Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
I thought Jacksonville receiver coach Jerry Sullivan would have a more positive effect on the group. And Shorts has gotten a lot better. The drops are on players, not coaches, but they all have to work to solve an issue that’s contributed to overall ineffectiveness.
“It’s just a tough year for us right now,” the injured Jones-Drew told Fox Sports Radio, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I think there’s a lot of things that have been in place, a lot of key players have gotten injured throughout the year and we just have to battle through some things. Hopefully we can get it back straight and get it back on a winning trend.”
Jones-Drew said he’s making progress toward getting back. He hurt his foot in the Jaguars’ loss at Oakland on Oct. 21 and has missed three games since.
“[It’s] definitely not going to be the year but with a foot injury you don’t want to mess around with it and come back at 70 or 80 percent,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that’s going to take a little bit of time but it’s doing much better. Hopefully I will be back in a couple of weeks.”