LONDON — A decade removed from his undefeated seasons at De La Salle High School-Concord, Maurice Jones-Drew is marooned on a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team.

"It's different now obviously than it was in high school," Jones-Drew said earlier this week. "But I have the same mindset: we have a chance to win every game. It doesn't matter who we play."

The Jaguars (0-7) play Sunday at Wembley Stadium against a 49ers team that's won four straight and boasts a 5-2 record.

Jones-Drew is in his eighth — and potentially last — season with the Jaguars. He's in the final year of a contract paying him nearly $5 million this season, and he could be moved by next Tuesday's trade deadline.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson during the second quarter of an NFL football
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. ((AP Photo/Ben Margot))

An offseason resident of Danville's Blackhawk region, Jones-Drew speaks loyally of the Jaguars: "As an organization, you have to go through tough times to appreciate wins.

"Right now that's what we're going through. We're all fighting for what we feel is right."

They're battling a young roster that's switched quarterbacks — Blaine Gabbert to Chad Henne — under first-year coach Gus Bradley. All their losses this season have been by at least 10 points.

Jones-Drew, 28, is their most accomplished player. He's their all-time touchdown leader (78) and ranks second behind Fred Taylor by about 3,724 yards. His 7,584 yards rank fifth among active running backs; the 49ers' Frank Gore is second (9,386) behind the Falcons' Steven Jackson (10,215).


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"He's still kind of the bell cow," defensive tackle Justin Smith said.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio added: "He's so different than most running backs that you see. Most running backs that are shorter are quicker and darters, and this guy, he's big. If he was six foot, he'd be 250 pounds."

A left-foot injury sidelined Jones-Drew the final 10 games of last season. "Just getting back in the rhythm after being off for about a year," Jones-Drew said. "It's starting to click now and we've got to get it going. This is a tough game to do that but we're up for that challenge."

While he embraces that task over here this week, Jones-Drew wouldn't want to relocate here for a London-based NFL team.

"I'm not going to lie. That's a long flight to go if you have an away game," Jones-Drew said. "I'm a Bay Area guy and I go home every offseason. What is that, 14 hour flight? That's a tough one to get back to my home in California."