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Maurice Jones-Drew | Running Back

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 210
College: UCLA
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Maurice Jones-Drew will sign a one-day contract with Jacksonville on Tuesday in order to retire as a Jaguar.
One of the best runners of his generation, Jones-Drew was a dynamic all-purpose offensive force during his time with the Jaguars. He racked up almost 11,000 yards from scrimmage during his eight years in Jacksonville, including a 1,980-total yard, 11-touchdown season in 2011. A fantasy football Hall of Famer, Jones-Drew scored 79 touchdowns across 126 career games. Apr 25 - 11:33 AM

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Maurice Jones-Drew is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons.

This is a tough one. MJD was a shell of his former self the past two seasons, but retires as one of the best runners of his generation, and as a fantasy football hall-of-famer. A diminutive 5-foot-7, 210 pounds, MJD ran with the power of a bull during his prime, and was one of the game's best pass-catching backs. Even despite his rough 2013-14 seasons, Jones-Drew heads into retirement the owner of a career 4.4 YPC. He scored 79 touchdowns across 126 games. Already a dabbler in the media, MJD should be sticking around on television and radio.
Mar 5 - 4:49 PM

Unless Maurice Jones-Drew takes a pay cut, it's unlikely he'll be back with the Raiders.

Jones-Drew costs $2.4 million against the cap, a steep price for a player who averaged 2.2 yards per carry last season. With 25-year-old Latavius Murray ready to take on a bigger role, don't be surprised if the Raiders ditch both Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden this offseason.
Feb 23 - 5:40 PM

Asked Thursday if he believes Maurice Jones-Drew has anything left, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio replied "we need to find that out."

Del Rio coached Jones-Drew for many years in Jacksonville. If the Raiders have watched Jones-Drew's 2014 tape, they know he's finished. They still might bring MJD to training camp to give him a look. Turning 30 in March, Jones-Drew is owed a $100,000 workout bonus and $2.4 million salary in 2015.
Feb 12 - 4:34 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew said his "body feels good" and he'd like to be back with the Raiders in 2015.

Unfortunately for MJD, he's one of the easiest cuts in the league. The Raiders will save $2.5 million and wave goodbye. Jones-Drew is done. He finished with a total of 96 yards in 2014, averaging 2.23 YPC. MJD is one of the greatest running backs of the past decade, but the wear and tear from his Jacksonville days has caught up to him. He'll turn 30 in March and may have played his final snap.
Jan 7 - 11:20 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew had zero touches in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

Jones-Drew was laughably signed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract last offseason. The only ones who didn't know he was washed up were the Raiders, who quickly found out. MJD fell behind Darren McFadden and then Latavius Murray on the depth chart, finishing with a grand total of 96 rushing yards on 2.23 YPC for the entire season. He'll be cut by Oakland shortly and his NFL career is in jeopardy. Jones-Drew will turn 30 in March.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew managed 21 yards on five carries and caught three balls for 23 yards in the Raiders' Week 13 loss to St. Louis.

Jones-Drew was the No. 2 back through Oakland's rotation against the Rams, for whatever reason playing ahead of Marcel Reece. We actually saw MJD break a couple of tackles in this game, which has been a rarity for him in Oakland. He's a sub-replacement-level running back at this stage of his career. The Raiders need a healthy Latavius Murray (concussion) back badly.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed three times in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, but ended up with -1 yards.

This has gotten sad. MJD's three carries went for one, -2 and zero yards. For the season, he's now rushed 36 times for 69 yards (1.91 YPC). The Raiders would be within their rights to release MJD during their long 10-day layoff between now and Week 13, but we don't expect that to happen. MJD has been a warrior during his nine-year career, but he's out of gas.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:16:00 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew managed six yards on four carries in Week 11.

He's got nothing left in the tank.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew lost two yards on his two carries and caught an 11-yard pass in the Raiders' Week 9 loss to the Seahawks.

Why the Raiders give Jones-Drew breather back carries over Latavius Murray is one of the great mysteries of football today. It was a nice run for MJD, but it's not happening anymore.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 08:00:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew was held to eight yards on six carries and had a six-yard catch in the Raiders' Week 8 loss to the Browns.

As promised, the Raiders increased Jones-Drew's workload this week. As expected, it didn't work at all. Clearly on his last legs, Jones-Drew doesn't deserve to be getting any touches in the Oakland backfield over Darren McFadden, much less Latavius Murray. MJD shouldn't be owned, even in 20-team fantasy leagues. On the season, Jones-Drew has 56 yards on 24 carries (2.33 YPC). He's done.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano believes the team needs to get Maurice Jones-Drew more carries.

We'd argue just the opposite, as a washed-up MJD has averaged a pathetic 2.66 yards on his 18 carries this season. Granted, that's an extremely small sample size, but there's simply no juice left in Jones-Drew's legs. Darren McFadden is the Raiders' best back, while Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece are both more deserving of bigger workloads than MJD. It's a mystery why the noncompetitive Raiders have mothballed Murray, their only young runner.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 06:29:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew managed six yards on three carries in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

MJD was not targeted and saw the three touches compared to Darren McFadden's 18. If DMC were to get injured, we'd prefer to take a fantasy flier on Latavius Murray rather than Jones-Drew, who is 100-percent washed up.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 30 yards on four carries and caught a ten-yard pass in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to San Diego.

He mixed in for five touches behind Darren McFadden, who had 16. Latavius Murray had zero. Jones-Drew appears to be just a "breather back" in the Raiders' offense. He offers little to no value in re-draft leagues.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:10:00 PM

Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano wants Maurice Jones-Drew to take on a bigger offensive role.

"I’d like Maurice to take a little bit greater role, maybe get some snaps off of Darren (McFadden)," Sparano said. Jones-Drew has already missed two games with a hand injury, and only managed three yards on four touches against Miami before the Raiders bye. If Oakland wants someone to take snaps off McFadden, they would be better served looking to second-year back Latavius Murray.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 12:24:00 PM

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