Maurice Jones-Drew wasn't Topic No. 1 Tuesday. Far from it.
But because Jaguars owner Shad Khan was speaking publicly, the subject of the three-time Pro Bowl running back inevitably came up during a press conference Tuesday afternoon in downtown Jacksonville to discuss the Jaguars' four-year commitment to play regular season games in London.
Khan's stance on Jones-Drew? Pretty much what it has been: Whatever happens is up to Jones-Drew.
"There's very little for me to add," Khan said. "There's very little to say. The train's leaving the station. Run. Get on it."
Jones-Drew, the NFL's leading rusher last season, missed Jaguars 2012 Training camp after missing the off-season and June minicamp. He has yet to report to the team, and reportedly is seeking a new contract extension.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said during the offseason there are no plans to renegotiate Jones-Drew's contract, which has two years remaining on the deal he signed in 2009. Khan has reiterated several times there are no plans to renegotiate.
"There are 53 players," Khan said. "As far as I'm concerned, they are all stars. Everyone one of them is going to contribute. This is not a team by one person. This is a team by 53. I can't dictate any player playing. It's a personal choice players have to make."
Khan, asked if the Jaguars would trade Jones-Drew if he requested, said he didn't plan to get that deep into the issue.
"He's a great player," Khan said. "We have great players, but aside from that, we have great coaches. I'm not an evaluator of talent, but I am an evaluator of the coaches. Mike Mularkey and his staff – (general manager) Gene Smith and I were deeply involved when we got them. They're first-class people. I think we have the best coaching staff in the league.
"I couldn't be happier with the success we've had in the two games. I know that's far from the season. We have a long way to go, but I know we have the best coaching staff. They're going to mold these young football stars."