|Jones-Drew sees good things in his crystal ball. (Getty Images)|
Maurice Jones-Drew is currently in the middle of a holdout from Jaguars camp, and it's quickly becoming a point of great contention between the star running back and the team.
Owner Shad Khan's fired some shots across MJD's bow and Jones-Drew is reportedly open to a trade (though Jacksonville won't be moving him). But the running back sounded optimistic during a DirecTV promotional appearance, when asked by CBSSports.com's Dave Richard (via Oovoo.com video teleconferencing) about his holdout.
Jones-Drew told Richard that "things are going to work out and everything's going to be good" regarding his short-term future.
Richard, being the fantasy expert that he is, wanted to know what message MJD had for prospective fantasy owners who are sweating whether or not to draft him leading up to 2012.
"A lot of people were scared last year with me coming off the knee injury but that obviously panned out well," MJD said. "So if you're scared to draft than be scared, that's your choice. I understand that when it's time to play, it's time to play. So it's up to you, you have to do what you want and we'll see how it pans out from there."
What you want, at least as a fantasy owner, is to win your league. And drafting MJD isn't looking like a sure-fire way to do so right now. There's legitimate concern that his holdout could last into September, and that would be an utter debacle if you drafted him with an early-round pick.
As our award-winning fantasy team notes, his "stock is tumbling" for fantasy purposes and "if you draft Jones-Drew you should also pick up Rashad Jennings, the running back who is killing it this preseason for the Jaguars, with a mid- to late-round pick."
Jennings looked quite sharp during the Jags most recent preseason game against the Saints, giving the actual football owner -- Khan -- more reason to strengthen his resolve in the holdout. Additionally, Blaine Gabbert hasn't missed a beat as a result of MJD's absence and Justin Blackmon appears prepped to make up for his nightmare offseason by being a beast on the field.
Add in the fact that the Jacksonville's transitioning to a new coaching staff and it's hard to imagine the team budging from their position. If "things are going to work out," it's probably going to involve Jones-Drew caving.
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