Jaguars Rookie Getting It Done

If Maurice Drew gains 105 yards in the season finale against Kansas City, the Jaguars would finish with two 1,000-yard runners this year. Drew, the rookie who started in the 24-21 loss to the Patriots because Fred Taylor was injured, was the focal point of the offense as he carried 19 times for 131 yards and caught six passes for 41 yards.

Drew now has 15 touchdowns, the most for a rookie since 1990, and he broke the team record for all-purpose yards with 2,046, surpassing Taylor's 1,942 in 2003.

He also has 895 yards on 154 carries for a 5.8 average. Taylor is at 1,120 yards on 224 carries for a 5.0 average.

Drew, who passed out gifts to the offensive linemen Sunday, refuses to take much credit for his success.

"One guy is going to get the credit, but it is a team effort to go out and make plays. It's a shame that offensive linemen don't get awards," he said.

Drew, though did one thing on his own against the Patriots.

He produced a 74-yard touchdown run in the second period after he banged into Kyle Brady and hit the ground.

When none of the Patriots touched him, Drew alertly got up and ran into the end zone.

"I was running and I didn't get a chance to see Kyle, who was doing a great job of blocking the defensive end and kind of bounced off, and nobody touched me, so I got up and took off running and a linebacker tried to throw me, but I kept running," he said. "Then (Rodney) Harrison tried to get my leg, and then I ran into the end zone."

Drew said there was no pressure on him even though Taylor was out with a hamstring injury.

"The offensive linemen told me to follow, so I just followed them the whole time. And Fred would coach me up the whole time. Anytime I came to the sideline, he had something to tell me, and that is how our relationships is," he said.


--RB Fred Taylor, who now has just two carries in the last 2 1/2 games and sat out the Patriots game with a hamstring injury, said he doesn't know if he'll be able to play against the Chiefs in the final game.
Of sitting out, he said, "That's a part of football. I knew how to deal with my frustration early in the week when I found I wasn't going to be able to go. The loss adds to it, naturally."
--QB Byron Leftwich, who's been keeping a low profile, said as he left the locker room that the rehab on his surgically repaired ankle is going well. But he declined an interview request. "I've got to go," he said.
--S Deon Grant suffered a hamstring injury on the play early in the third quarter when New England TE David Thomas made a diving catch in the end zone for a touchdown. Grant was replaced by Jamaal Fudge, a rookie free agent who played at Clemson. Fudge, who had three tackles, said, "Whenever somebody goes down, you have to be ready to step up. Overall I was pretty satisfied with my performance." Grant said he's not sure if he'll need an MRI on his hamstring.
--Sunday's loss was the Jaguars' last home game of the season and the last game in which the stadium will be called Alltel Stadium. Alltel is not renewing its contract for the naming rights. If the Jaguars don't find a new sponsor, the name of the stadium would revert to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
--The Jaguars announced they distributed the 67,164 tickets, which is the sellout number, but there were probably more than 15,000 no-shows because of the combination of the rainy weather and the fact the game was played on Christmas Eve.
--P Chris Hanson is having problems with a hamstring injury and averaged a gross of 38.8 yards against the Patriots. For the season, he's at 40.7.
--K Josh Scobee has made 25 of 31 field-goal attempts but missed his only attempt from 53 yards against the Patriots.
--CB Rashean Mathis is being used occasionally as a punt returner, but he made a fair catch on the only punt he fielded against the Patriots.
--WR Ernest Wilford had just two catches against the Patriots, but one was a 41-yarder that set up a touchdown.
--WR Reggie Williams had only two catches for 9 yards against the Patriots but is still the team's leading receiver with 46 catches.

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