If it's not mandatory, Maurice Jones-Drew won't be there.
The Jaguars began voluntary offseason workouts Tuesday without their star running back, who instead will train on his own in California, his offseason home. New head coach Mike Mularkey said he expected all players on the roster to be present other than injured defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and disgruntled Josh Scobee, who hasn't signed the franchise tender since the team applied the restrictive tag in March.
Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards last season.
The move isn't all that unfamiliar to the Jaguars' organization. Fred Taylor was often excused from voluntary workouts because of his proven dedication to fitness and veteran leadership status by former coach Jack Del Rio.
The obvious differences: Jones-Drew isn't excused according to Mularkey and the team is working with a new coaching staff.
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