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“Just like coaches got to make tough decisions, GMs got to make tough decisions and players have to make tough decisions. It’s tough for him to make that decision that I’m not going to be show up here and be with my teammates and be out here working and learning this new system. That’s a tough thing to do. … We want everything to end up being resolved.”

The Jaguars have missed the playoffs each of the last four years, but with new ownership, a revamped coaching staff and added playmakers on the NFL’s worst offense, they feel they are close to turning things around.

And Jones-Drew is a key to getting it done.

“The unfortunate thing is that he’s not here,” cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “We know he’s getting his work in. We know he’s working hard, but to be with the team is the main thing. Whenever he gets here, we will greet him with open arms.”