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Former teammates Greg Jones and Maurice Jones-Drew talk on the phone each week, sometimes several times per week.
The two have remained good friends, even after Jones left Jacksonville to join the Texans, a division foe. But this week, those conversations have turned into a platform for some early trash talking.
“It’s going to be a little different,” Jones said on Wednesday about playing his former team this week. “We knew it was going to happen sooner or later when I came here. He’s going to be talking trash, I know him, I’m going to be talking trash over there.”
Has that trash talking already started?
“Just a little bit, just a little bit,” Jones said smiling. “But I’m going to keep that between me and him.”
“I told him I wish him the least amount of luck as possible and I hope he stays healthy and has a horrible game,” Jones-Drew said in a conference call with Houston reporters on Wednesday.
Jones and Jones-Drew were teammates with the Jaguars from 2006 through last season and the two became very close. Jones-Drew said their wives became friends and their children played together. Aside from missing his lead blocker, that’s what the former Pro Bowl running back said he misses most about having Jones in Jacksonville.
Jones, 32, was a second-round pick by the Jaguars in 2004 out of Florida State. He came into the league as a running back but then became a lead-blocking fullback. He played eight seasons with the Jaguars before leaving in the offseason.
He said he’s looking forward to playing the Jaguars and Jones-Drew said this game has been circled on the calendar because of Jones. But Jones thinks it’ll mean a little more when the Texans head to Jacksonville on Dec. 5 for their Thursday night contest. He still has a house in Jacksonville and grew up about two and a half hours away.
On Wednesday, he was asked if he’s had some time to reflect on his career with the Jaguars.
“We had some good times there, had some bad times,” Jones said. “But at the same time, I enjoyed it and appreciated the opportunity they gave me but at the end of the day, it was just time for me to leave. I’m wishing them the best but not this week.”