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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Jones-Drew, Gabbert both out for Jaguars

By Paul Kuharsky

The Jacksonville Jaguars are down their two key players on offense, but are beating the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew went out early with a left foot injury, and is now wearing a boot and on crutches on his team’s sideline. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, injured his left, non-throwing, shoulder, as he was driven into the ground.

Rashad Jennings is taking handoffs from Chad Henne now with the Jaguars holding a 20-6 lead and showing the sort of life they’ve often lacked in Mike Mularkey’s first season as their head coach.

The Jaguars were prepared to move forward without Jones-Drew as he held out through the preseason. While they need to be a more well-rounded team that throws more and runs a greater variety of pass plays, there isn’t a scenario where they are better without him.

I don’t believe they are better with Henne in the lineup either. Gabbert’s got more play-making ability. And if he was rolled out on a fourth-down play, he’d at least pose a threat to a defense while running with the ball.