While Maurice Jones-Drew might have been out of sight this week during the Jacksonville Jaguars’ organized team activities, he was never far from Justin Forsett’s mind.

A determining factor in why Forsett, who rushed for 374 yards last season in a backup role with the Houston Texans, chose to sign with the Jaguars was the bond he already established with Jones-Drew. The two of them had worked out in California during the offseason ever since Jones-Drew’s strength coach in high school accepted a similar job while Forsett was still enrolled at Berkley.

But with the NFL’s leading rusher from two years ago now in Miami rehabilitating a foot injury that kept him out of the final 10 games of the 2012 season, Forsett is among a group of backs vying for the attention of first-year coach Gus Bradley. The Jaguars brought in Beanie Wells, a 1,000-yard rusher two years ago with the Arizona Cardinals, for a workout Thursday in a further exploration of their options.

Whenever Jones-Drew returns, Forsett could be the happiest of anyone in their locker room, even if that means his role will likely be reduced.

“We have a real good relationship,” he said. “That was one of the reasons I really feel comfortable about coming here, because we have that chemistry already. He’s not here right now, so I’ve got to go out and take the first-team reps and prepare like I’m going to be a first-team guy. When he gets back, we’ll work together.”

Forsett and Jones-Drew are by far the most experienced of the six running backs currently on the roster, although neither of them is the Jaguars’ most intriguing player at the position. That distinction goes to Denard Robinson, the highlight-grabbing former Michigan quarterback who was drafted in the fifth round and figures in the team’s future as a back rather than a wide receiver.

“He’s just a special athlete,” Forsett said of Robinson. “He can do everything. It’s going to be exciting to see what he can do on offense. I’m trying to teach him as much as I know to help him with the transition to running back.”

Forsett came into the NFL with no such fanfare. He was a seventh-round pick by Seattle in 2008 and was waived by the Seahawks early that season before re-signing with them. Over the next two seasons, he went from being a return specialist to a starter at running back while also catching the notice of Bradley, the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch.