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Jones-Drew, Jaguars Seek First Win vs. 49ers

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Maurice Jones-Drew remains confident as the Jacksonville Jaguars look to snap a 7-game losing streak against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bay Area native Maurice Jones-Drew is looking forward to Sunday’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

The eight-year veteran running back of the Jacksonville Jaguars is averaging 3.1 yards per carry, 1.4 yards below his career average.  Jones-Drew has 103 carries for 316 yards on the season.

The hard-charging rusher, however, sounded upbeat about his current play on an 0-7 Jaguars team set to host the 49ers in London, England.

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“We’re running the ball much better, we’re doing some good things,” Jones-Drew, the Antioch, Calif., native said in a conference call with the Bay Area press. “We just need to not shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Jones-Drew didn’t make excuses about his team’s winless start to the 2013 season.

“Never that, 0-7 is what we’ve earned, but throughout each week we’ve gotten better,” the former De La Salle High School star said. “When you’re faced with certain challenges like that, then you want to do whatever you can to correct them.”

Jones-Drew stressed that Jacksonville’s locker room has the right character to handle the adversity. The franchise’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (65) believes the team is focused during a week-long stay in London.

According to Jones-Drew, a matchup with the 49ers in the NFL’s International Series, has everyone’s attention.

“They have a great defense, a great front-seven and their corners are playing lights out right now,” Jones-Drew said. “They have a young safety (Eric Reid) that’s playing well and they have (Donte Whitner) ‘Hitner,’ – that cracks me up – that he changed his name to ‘Hitner.’ That’s awesome.

“They have a great defense and that’s a challenge.  It’s another chance for me to compete and see where I’m at against the best.”

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Jones-Drew has not posted a 100-yard game this season. The Jaguars running back, however, has rushed for 70-or-more yards in two of his last three games.

So while Jacksonville’s running attacks last in the NFL, averaging 63.0 yards per game, Jones-Drew is positive about his team’s chances of beating the 49ers on Sunday.

“I have the same mindset: I feel like we have a chance to win every game no matter who we play,” Jones-Drew said. “We match up well against everybody and we have to execute. Once we start to execute we feel like have the opportunity to come out on top in these games.”

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