The Jaguars’ seemingly endless offseason — starting Dec. 31 when owner Shad Khan began his franchise-wide facelift and continued through coach Gus Bradley’s hiring, free agency, the draft and 13 on-field workouts — concludes this week with the team’s mandatory, three-day minicamp. On the current roster, a whopping 42 of 90 players (46.6 percent) weren’t here at the end of last year. More changes are certainly in the offing between now and the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City. As the Jaguars approach the finish line, here is a primer for this week’s activities at EverBank Field. Thursday’s wrap-up practice at 11 a.m. is open to the public: 1. JONES-DREW’S PRESENCE Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not been around the Jaguars since he was involved in an altercation at the Conch House in St. Augustine on the night of May 26. He has spent the last three weeks training in Miami. Jones-Drew remains accused of sucker-punching security guard Kasim Howard, but no charges have been filed. Even though Jones-Drew didn’t give a statement to police, the case was sent along to the state attorney last week. ones-Drew is expected to be available to the media Monday, and while he isn’t expect to share much — if anything — about the restaurant incident, a few questions he will be asked: Will he address and apologize to his teammates? Did his representation make an error in judgment by denying his involvement so quickly and vehemently? Is he innocent? 2. JONES-DREW’S STATUS On the field, Jones-Drew hasn’t practiced this offseason because of his late December foot surgery. That’s not a surprise, given the rehabilitation schedule and the team’s expectations. But another key question for Jones-Drew is his confidence level for being ready to play an every-down role. The Jaguars no doubt discussed Plans B, C, D, etc. One of those should include adding another experienced running back. After Justin Forsett, there is minimal tailback experience. Denard Robinson and De’Leon Eskridge are rookies and Jonathan Grimes/Jordan Todman have a combined five NFL carries. The Jaguars worked out Beanie Wells last week, but he has medical concerns.
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