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Maurice Jones-Drew | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 210
College: UCLA
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Maurice Jones-Drew played just one series in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, rushing three times for 45 yards with a touchdown.
Jones-Drew started and got every snap on his only series. He capped it by impressively jump-cutting into a hole, breaking two tackles and then turning on the jets to outrun the defense for a 40-yard score. Jones-Drew, who has 11 carries for 67 yards with one touchdown and three catches for 36 yards this preseason, is locked in as the starter ahead of Darren McFadden. There's a smidge of low-upside value in his seventh-round ADP. Aug 22 - 9:53 PM

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Maurice Jones-Drew rushed two times for 10 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Vikings.

He added two catches for 14 yards. MJD was the clear-cut starter over Darren McFadden, who had one carry for 23 yards. Jones-Drew projects for the majority of snaps in Greg Olson's offense as the preferred option between the tackles. We're not in love with Jones-Drew's seventh-round ADP, but he is somewhat appealing as an RB3/flex behind a quietly promising Oakland offensive line.
Aug 8 - 9:25 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to "soften the middle" of the defense this season.

Jones-Drew was listed ahead of Darren McFadden on the Raiders' initial depth chart, confirming he's the starter and primary inside runner. McFadden will be allowed to fill his natural role of space back, executing perimeter runs and using his solid hands in the passing game. Jones-Drew has a little RB3 appeal as he runs behind a potentially solid offensive line.
Aug 6 - 8:52 AM

Raiders OC Greg Olson indicated he envisions Maurice Jones-Drew as the team's best inside runner.

He's also the Raiders' best pass-protection back, and for these reasons we expect MJD to emerge as Oakland's lead runner ahead of Darren McFadden. "Maurice Jones-Drew plays like a big back," said Olson. "... He’s got such a low center of gravity. He’s extremely difficult to tackle because of his height and his power. He’s got ridiculous power in those legs. And he’s hard to see with a big line. He’s hard to see coming out of the line of scrimmage."
Aug 4 - 11:12 AM

Coach Dennis Allen said both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden will get touches this season.

Jones-Drew and McFadden are competing for the title of "starter" and to see who gets their nose in front. But it's a no-brainer decision for the Raiders to use a two-man committee, as MJD is a declining at 29 years old and McFadden brings outside game-breaking ability despite the holes in his game. "They understand that both of them are going to get an opportunity to play, both of them are going to get touches," Allen said. We're not expecting either back to go over 200 touches.
Aug 1 - 8:16 AM

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew was one of five players to field punts during the opening practice of training camp.

"We’re going into this camp with an open mind, to find players that can help us in every phase," said coach Dennis Allen. "That’s a spot were Maurice can potentially help us, and I want to take a look at it." Jones-Drew was also asked to return punts at times during the offseason program. The Raiders are presumably looking for anyway to spark their offense, but putting an aging player with MJD's injury history back to return punts is a bad decision.
Jul 26 - 1:17 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects Maurice Jones-Drew to be the Raiders' No. 1 running back this season.

As do we, despite other beat writers' speculation Darren McFadden would get the nod. MJD is simply a superior between-the-tackles runner to DMC, and a better pass protector as well. Still, the Raiders are expected to utilize a committee approach. Jones-Drew should be viewed as an RB3/flex in fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 10:50 PM

New LT Donald Penn said the Raiders plan to "run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us."

The Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year, $7.5 million deal, making him the favorite for lead-back duties ahead of Darren McFadden. DMC is the more talented runner at this stage of their respective careers, but he's obviously a massive injury risk. The Raiders upgraded their line by adding power blockers LT Penn and RG Austin Howard. They may want to run the ball at will, but an insanely tough schedule may prevent them from doing so at a high clip.
Jul 8 - 8:45 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted to the Los Angeles Times that he contemplated retiring after the 2013 season.

Jones-Drew averaged a career-worst 3.4 YPC in 2013. He remained somewhat effective between the tackles, but obviously lacked a second gear on the rare occasions Jacksonville's blocking sprung him into the open field. "For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew conceded. "... I watched the game tape and I'd say, 'Man, why'd I do this? Why didn't I do that?' Part of it was, just physically, I wasn't able to do some of the same things I'm used to doing." MJD insists he's in better shape now and can rebound with the Raiders. The odds are firmly against him at age 29.
Jun 29 - 2:23 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen says he's "considering using" Maurice Jones-Drew on punt returns.

It's understandable that the Raiders are looking to get a bang for their MJD buck ($1.2 million guaranteed), but having an aging, increasingly injury prone 5-foot-7 back return punts seems like a disaster waiting to happen. To put it mildly, MJD was sluggish in the open field last season. We'll just assume Allen was thinking out loud, and not seriously considering using MJD on special teams.
May 27 - 4:06 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew said his goal is to play at 208 pounds this season.

Jones-Drew played at 205 during his time at UCLA. His desire to get back around that mark shows an understanding that he wasn't explosive enough last season while averaging a paltry 3.43 YPC. Aging running backs cutting weight is one of the best ways to put a little juice back in the tank. Jones-Drew has a realistic shot to beat out Darren McFadden for the starting title in training camp.
Apr 23 - 8:31 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew's three-year contract with Oakland has a base value of $7.5 million with $1.2 million guaranteed.

The only guaranteed portion is Jones-Drew's 2014 base salary of $1.2 million. There was no signing bonus, and MJD could be released next offseason with no ramification on the Raiders' cap. It's telling that Jones-Drew couldn't do better than this on the market. Oakland now has him "locked up" through age 31.
Mar 31 - 1:53 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew said he picked the Raiders because they offered him an opportunity to "compete and play."

Darren McFadden may have the upper hand as the incumbent, but Jones-Drew has a real shot to open the season as the starter. With both Jones-Drew and McFadden's injury histories, is it also not out of the question that Latavius Murray gets a starting opportunity at some point in 2014. The Oakland backfield is shaping up to be a fantasy quagmire.
Mar 29 - 10:17 AM

Raiders signed RB Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year contract.

Oakland will pair MJD with Darren McFadden in an apparent attempt to reincarnate the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl backfield. Jones-Drew, 29, rushed 234 times for 803 yards and five touchdowns in Jacksonville last season, adding 43 receptions. Our tape study of MJD revealed that he remains an effective between-the-tackles grinder and bowling ball, but has lost his second gear in the open field and is no longer a big-play threat. We're going to project Jones-Drew as the Raiders' Week 1 starter, but wouldn't count on him getting more than 15 touches per game. Oakland's backfield projects as a fantasy quagmire for 2014.
Mar 28 - 3:04 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are "expected to agree later today" on a three-year contract with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Schefter cautions that a deal is "still not final," but this story has since been confirmed by CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair and NFL Network's Albert Breer. Although it'll be a "three-year" contract on the surface, the Raiders have been structuring deals to essentially make them one-year commitments. Jones-Drew turned 29 last weekend, and may not have three years left in the tank.
Mar 28 - 10:17 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt Schaub
3Matt McGloin
RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3Latavius Murray
GLB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11James Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Brice Butler
WR21Rod Streater
2Denarius Moore
WR31Denarius Moore
TE1Mychal Rivera
2David Ausberry
3Brian Leonhardt
K1Sebastian Janikowski