Triplets are like the holy grail of offense. Every team wants to have one--a stud QB, RB, and WR-- but most are not lucky enough to be able to put the pieces together. Jacksonville is hoping they might have the makings of one.
To call Blaine Gabbert and Justin Blackmon studs at this point would be pushing it at this stage in their careers. Gabbert has yet to do anything of value, but he hasn't had any tools to do anything with either. The team did pick up Laurent Robinson in the off-season, but the real addition is in former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
His holdout was a little on this side of ridiculous. Blackmon did screw up. He should not have been shocked that the team wanted to add some protection into his contract. A stud player is just another convict when he gets arrested.
In the end the team did not get much of anything included in the way of protection. They did get a good chunk of his signing bonus deferred, but that's it. I suppose the team figured that they needed a play-maker more than they needed protection in case he screwed up again.
That leaves running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
MJD is one of the best. Sadly he became as good as he is about half way through his current contract meaning that technically he can't bank on his game for another couple seasons (although an extension after this season would not be unheard of).
For Blaine Gabbert and Justin Blackmon to have the time they need to get on the same page they need to have MJD in the backfield. With him there the focus of opposing defenses will be on the run giving Gabbert and Blackmon some much needed time to develop.
Shahid Khan has to know that he needs his best player in camp. Rashad Jennings (MJD's current backup) is not bad. In limited action during the '09 and '10 seasons he averaged over five yards a carry when he played. The man is no MJD though.
Fans can only hope that the two (Khan and MJD) will find some middle ground and get the team's best player into camp--soon!