Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Jags' MJD to Tracy McGrady: Bring it
By Michael DiRocco
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a message for former NBA star Tracy McGrady, who recently joked on Twitter that he could play quarterback or receiver for the Jaguars: There’s a spare set of shoulder pads waiting for you in the locker room.
"You’re more than welcome to come and, you know, sign a waiver and come to a live practice," Jones-Drew said Wednesday afternoon before the Jaguars practiced at San Jose State University’s practice field in preparation for Sunday’s game at Seattle. "We’ll see how it works out for you, right? ‘Cause it’s that easy."
The 34-year-old McGrady, who most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs and spent part of 2012 playing basketball in China, tweeted on Monday that "Jacksonville @jaguars need to bring me in for a tryout at QB or receiver!"
That tweet came a day after the Jaguars lost 19-9 to the Oakland Raiders. The team has scored just 11 points in the first two games and ranks last in the NFL in total offense (213.0 yards per game) and 28th in passing (160.5 yards per game).
A member of the media asked Jones-Drew if the 6-foot-8, 225-pound McGrady would make it through five practices.
"I don’t know," Jones-Drew said. "You never know. He might be tougher than what most people think."
McGrady played 15 seasons in the NBA with six teams. He was a seven-time All-Star and led the NBA in scoring in 2003 and 2004.
Jones-Drew did not practice on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a strained tendon in his left ankle. He experienced some swelling in the ankle on Wednesday but was not wearing a walking boot. Both he and coach Gus Bradley are confident that he will be able to play against the Seahawks.
"I feel like I’ll be fine," Jones-Drew said. "It’s just kind of a little setback and see how things go today and then hopefully be out here [practicing] tomorrow or Friday.
"I’m confident. Working and talking with the trainers, swelling’s come back down. Still a little there but it should be back ready to go by tomorrow."