Maurice Jones-Drew | RB | Oakland Raiders
Posted: 7/8/2014 7:45pm et
Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn said the team plans to run the ball often in 2014. 'We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us,' Penn said. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew should have ample opportunities to run the ball. However, they're going to need an effective passing game to keep eight defenders out of the box limiting their daylight. The winner of the lion's share of carries should be an RB3 with the second back a flex option.
Huddle Up: The Silver & Black had the league's 16th-most rushing attempts (437) last season but finished with the 12th-most yards (2,000) and sixth-best yards-per-carry average (4.6). Sure, those numbers were boosted by the presence of running QB Terrelle Pryor, but with the passing-game threats still limited at best, don't be surprised if the Raiders finish well inside the top 10 in all three aforementioned rushing categories in 2014.
Posted: 6/30/2014 12:25am et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) considered retiring after the 2013 season. 'For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore,' Jones-Drew said earlier this month. 'But that wasn't the case. My trainer helped me get back in shape and gain that foundation that I'd lost with the surgery.'
Huddle Up: In coming back from his 2012 foot problems, MJD just didn't look like himself in compiling career full-season lows in yards from scrimmage (1,117) and totals TDs (5) last season. Now he joins a shaky offensive situation in Oakland, where Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will also be in the mix for touches. That puts MJD in RB3/4 territory from this vantage point.
Posted: 5/28/2014 12:29am et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is considering using RB Maurice Jones-Drew to return punts.
Huddle Up: This would be a very curious move to say the least as MJD has struggled with production and health issues the past 2 seasons since leading the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards in 2011.
Posted: 3/28/2014 11:24am et
The Oakland Raiders agreed with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) on a three-year deal. He's set to take a physical Friday, March 28, and sign the deal later in the day.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew will share carries with Darren McFadden, or perhaps they can stagger their injuries so the Raiders always have at least one former elite back at their disposal. Either way, what little fantasy value there was in Oakland's backfield is now sliced in half.
Posted: 3/27/2014 5:28pm et
The Oakland Raiders are visiting with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Raiders are in definite need of another RB with the injury-prone Darren McFadden listed atop the depth chart and Rashad Jennings having moved on to the N.Y. Giants. MJD visited with the Steelers last week, but the Raiders would seem to be a better fit.
Posted: 3/25/2014 2:19pm et
Updating a previous report, the Miami Dolphins have not talked to free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) about a visit or his desire to play in Miami, much less a contract.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins are interested in adding a RB -- bringing in Knowshon Moreno for a visit last week -- but so far interest in the higher-mileage MJD has been limited at best around the league.
Posted: 3/23/2014 9:21pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team's meeting with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) went well and did not rule out the possibility of the team signing him during free agency.
Huddle Up: MJD visited last week, and LeGarrette Blount is due in this week as the Steelers search for a back to complement second-year RB Le'Veon Bell.
Posted: 3/9/2014 11:12pm et
The New York Jets have expressed interest in free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars).
Huddle Up: The Jets need playmakers across the offensive board, and that includes the ground game, where the inconsistent and not-always-dependable Chris Ivory led the squad in rushing last season with 833 yards.
Posted: 2/2/2014 4:05pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan supported the decision of general manager Dave Caldwell to announced the team would let RB Maurice Jones-Drew hit the free agent market March 11. Khan said Friday, Jan. 31, that he is hopeful a new contract agreement can be reached. 'He's a great guy and we're the only team he's played for,' Khan said. 'But it takes two to tango. Personally, I would love to see him back but it has to make sense for him. Dave has been on the record with what we want to do and that's absolutely true.'
Huddle Up: MJD has played 8 seasons with the Jags, but still has yet to turn 30 -- he'll do so in March of 2015 -- so he could prove to be a FA find or the missing piece for a contending team.
Posted: 1/30/2014 1:21pm et
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't had any negotiations with impending free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
Huddle Up: It's still way early, but the early signs do point toward the RB parting ways this offseason with the only NFL team he's ever known.
Posted: 12/31/2013 4:01pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew thinks he's still a featured back as he prepares to test the free-agent market this spring. The Jaguars are willing to match any offer another team gives him, but they'd likely have him back in a role in which he's sharing carries more than he ever has in the past. Jones-Drew's 3.4 yards per carry was the worst of his career in 2013. 'There are some guys that don't need the offseason. They can just go out there and play ball,' Jones-Drew said. 'For me, the offseason is critical. I have to be able to train my body to be able to take the pounding that it takes each week, to be able to recover. I've been taking a lot of shots at my legs the last couple of years. I want to be able to get them back in shape and get ready to roll.'
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew may be surprised at the market for a back who'll be 29 by the start of next season and who has 2,200 career touches and a couple significant leg injuries on his resume. And not in a good way.
Posted: 12/31/2013 11:27am et
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said RB Maurice Jones-Drew will be allowed to test the free agency waters in the offseason.
Huddle Up: In other words, thanks for the memories; Jones-Drew will be wearing a solid-color helmet next year.
Posted: 12/31/2013 11:08am et
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew is believed to be interested in a long-term contract this offseason and does not want to settle for a two-year, incentive laden deal.
Huddle Up: Running backs of Jones-Drew's age, mileage, and injury history don't tend to get long-term deals, but MJD has proven doubters wrong before so don't bet against him. A team that believes it's a veteran back away from the Super Bowl could front-load a longer-term deal in pursuit of the trophy.
Posted: 12/24/2013 5:57pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) tried to practice some Tuesday, Dec. 24, but the team stopped him and put him on a bike.
Huddle Up: After playing in Week 16 and getting through the contest without any apparent re-aggravation, look for MJD to take it easy in practice this week and play in the Week 17 finale.
Posted: 12/20/2013 6:16pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) practiced on a very limited basis Friday, Dec. 20, and is questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: It'll be another game-time decision on MJD, so check the Huddle's Game Day Inactives, Injury and Weather Report on Sunday morning. Even if Jones-Drew does play, Jordan Todman will still see his fair share of work.
Posted: 12/19/2013 10:56pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) was out of practice for a second straight day on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: The longer this goes on, the more likely it looks like Jordan Todman will get his second straight start at RB. Still, the worst-case scenario for those who own both backs is that MJD plays Sunday but his snaps are limited, thereby limiting the fantasy potential for both backs in a strong matchup against the Titans.
Posted: 12/18/2013 8:33pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, and he may not return to practice until Friday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew is still highly questionable for Week 16. If MJD can't go, Jordan Todman will be a strong RB2/flex play option against a Titans' defense that gives up a lot of fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Posted: 12/12/2013 4:52pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) is "very questionable" for the team's Week 15 game, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: MJD will try to give his hammy a test drive Friday, but it's looking like a game-time decision in any case. Get a Plan B option in order now.
Posted: 12/9/2013 2:08pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) is holding out hope he will be available to play in the team's Week 15 game. Jones-Drew will test out his hamstring Friday, Dec. 13. 'You've got to be patient,' Jones-Drew said. 'You don't want to reinjure it. I've been doing treatment all weekend. We'll see how it goes later in the week when we test it out on Friday. Try to get the scar down.'
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on him this week. Hopefully the extra few days after the Thursday game will get him on the field this Sunday.
Posted: 12/7/2013 1:09am et
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) said Friday, Dec. 6, in a radio interview that he will be ready to play in Week 15. He suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans which required an MRI. 'Definitely,' Jones-Drew said. 'Definitely. That's always been the plan. Right now, I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track. And then we'll see how it goes next week but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates.'
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew left late in the game against Houston after posting 103 yards on 14 carries. Jones-Drew has a great matchup to exploit next week against Buffalo. If he can't go, Jordan Todman will get the start.
Posted: 12/6/2013 12:24pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) will undergo an MRI exam on his right hamstring Friday, Dec. 6, after being injured in the team's Week 14 game Thursday, Dec. 5. His injury doesn't look to be serious, and he is expecting to play in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills. He ran for a season-high 103 yards against the Houston Texans, his first 100-yard game since Week 3 of last year. Jones-Drew has 719 rushing yards this year, with 264 coming the last three weeks.
Huddle Up: MJD will have a couple extra days to get healthy for Week 15 after playing Thursday night, which is good news for fantasy owners who have been able to capitalize on his strong play of late and advance in their fantasy playoffs.
Posted: 12/5/2013 11:31pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew limped into the lockerroom with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter with what looked to be a right hamstring injury suffered on a pass reception. With his night looking to be done, he had 14 rushes for 103 yards and 2 catches for 20 yards.
Huddle Up: Tough luck for MJD owners starting him in the playoffs as the RB has been relatively healthy all season. He did, however, notch his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of the 2012 season before leaving.
Posted: 12/4/2013 12:16am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (non-injury) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: It's a short week leading up to Thursday night's game against the Texans, and this doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about, especially with it being a non-injury absence. Plan to continue starting MJD, who's accounted for a touchdown in 4 straight games.
Posted: 11/26/2013 11:46pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday, Nov. 26, in a radio interview that there is a 'realistic possibility' of RB Maurice Jones-Drew remaining with the team after this season.
Huddle Up: Duly note that this talk is coming from the Jags' side, and that the 28-year-old RB -- he'll turn 29 in March -- may have other ideas concerning his next contact and playing for team that's not annually eliminated from playoff contention by Columbus Day.
Posted: 11/8/2013 11:48am et
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said the plan is to give RB Maurice Jones-Drew 20 carries and RB Denard Robinson 14 carries per game.
Huddle Up: This sounds similar to the Titans' plan last week to give Chris Johnson 20 carries and Shonn Greene 15. The supposition, of course, is that the Jaguars will get at least 34 carries--tough to do when you're playing from behind. Ultimately, the Jags want to get a look at Robinson and know that MJD isn't in their future plans--both things to consider as you set your rosters for this year's playoff run and beyond.
Posted: 10/29/2013 7:54pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew has been much more effective in the last four games, and he set season highs in rushing yards (75) and total yards (122) in the team's Week 8 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He's been used more in the passing game recently, too, catching six passes for 47 yards against the 49ers. He entered the game with just 10 catches for 63 yards in the previous games. 'The more you're in space the better you start to feel,' Jones-Drew said. 'The more you get in the open field you get a feel for guys and how they tackle. You're able to make those X-factor plays.'
Huddle Up: MJD may be coming around at just the right time as fantasy GMs had banished him to bench in many leagues. The RB, though, hit season highs in rushing attempts (19) and touches (25) versus the Niners, and it'll be interesting to see if he picks up where he left off when the Jags return from their Week 9 bye.
Posted: 9/27/2013 10:08pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 27, but is probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: MJD has been limited each of the past 2 practices but don't hesitate to plug him into your starting lineup as he played and was fairly productive (62 total yards, TD) in a Week 2 loss at Seattle after basically not practicing at all last week.
Posted: 9/26/2013 8:16pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 26.
Huddle Up: MJD was back on the field after being given Wednesday, and barring some kind of setback, he should be good to go Sunday after playing in Week 3 with basically no practice last week.
Posted: 9/25/2013 6:03pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Interesting development, but maybe he just needed a day off to rest that ankle. MJD has a nice matchup this week.
Posted: 9/20/2013 10:00am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew's status is in doubt for Week 3. He's still experiencing swelling in the ankle. 'It still bothers (him) when he goes up on the balls of his feet - he can still feel a little bit of an issue there,' head coach Gus Bradley said. 'The swelling is what is causing the pain. If we can get that out of there, we'll have a better idea of where he's at.' If he can't go, and it's starting to look like he'll be limited at best, Jordan Todman would start. Denard Robinson would move up the depth chart, and Justin Forsett would remain the third-down back.
Huddle Up: A healthy Jones-Drew would have been a tough start in Seattle; a hobbled MJD, or an untested backup, screams "avoid" in Week 3.
Posted: 9/19/2013 11:32pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 19. RB Jordan Todman will start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks if Jones-Drew can't play.
Huddle Up: It was the same story as Wednesday for MJD, who still has expressed optimism that he'll play Sunday in Seattle. Even so, it's going to be awfully tough to place any fantasy faith in the the RB, who's gained only 72 yards on 25 carries so far against the likes of the Chiefs and Raiders.
Posted: 9/19/2013 12:22am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 18. He still plans on playing in the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks. 'I feel like I'll be fine,' Jones-Drew said. 'It's kind of a little setback but we'll see how things go today and hopefully I'll be out there tomorrow or Friday.'
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew will probably come down to a game-time decision Sunday but either way he has an awful match-up against Seattle's stonewall rush defense. If MJD can't go, Jordan Todman and Justin Forsett will fill in for him.
Posted: 9/18/2013 10:24am et
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to have RB Maurice Jones-Drew in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Great news... except the Jags travel to Seattle to face the vaunted Seahawks run defense. Oh, and they're still the Jaguars. So even if available Jones-Drew is a risky fantasy play at best this week.
Posted: 9/17/2013 5:15pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) could sit out practice all week, and still play in the team's Week 3 game. 'We'll know more on Wednesday, but all accounts it looks pretty good,' head coach Gus Bradley said. 'I know he felt good this morning, so that's a positive sign. ... We feel like he's got a chance to be back on Sunday.'
Huddle Up: It's simple math, really: A gimpy MJD + a punchless Jaguar offense + a road game against one of the league's stingiest defenses (Seattle) = A spot on your bench this week for Jones-Drew.
Posted: 9/16/2013 5:22pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) has a tendon strain in his ankle but has a chance to play Week 3.
Huddle Up: Note: bench him if he does. That Seahawks defense isn't messing around.
Posted: 9/15/2013 9:45pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) suffered a sprained left ankle in the Week 2 loss against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Gus Bradley. X-rays were negative, and Jones-Drew is expected to have an MRI.
Huddle Up: This is a good initial report. Monitor MJD for additional injury news this week.
Posted: 9/15/2013 8:50pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) left the Week 2 game in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders due to an ankle injury and he is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: This adds injury to insult for MJD, who now has two disappointing weeks in a row. Monitor his situation this week.
Posted: 8/22/2013 3:17pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) could play a quarter in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: MJD continues to progress after playing in only 6 games a season ago. He has 3 carries for 9 yards and 1 reception for 20 more so far this preseason.
Posted: 8/17/2013 10:09pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) made his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 17, against the New York Jets, carrying three times for nine yards, and adding one reception for 20 yards.
Huddle Up: It was just good to see MJD out there again considering this was his first live action since Week 7 of last season. Jones-Drew looked sharp and even though his age, team and injury makes him a bit of a risk, MJD is locked in as a RB2 for the 2013 season.
Posted: 8/15/2013 11:21am et
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to give RB Maurice Jones-Drew some carries in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, against the New York Jets. "I understand I haven't played in a while," Jones-Drew said Wednesday, Aug. 14. "Things have been going better than we thought. This is the right time to kind of take that next step."
Huddle Up: MJD has been creeping back up the fantasy rankings this preseason, and a strong showing would go a long way towards boosting him even further.
Posted: 8/10/2013 4:18pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he is not sure if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) will play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Jacksonville is being cautious with Jones-Drew and it's understandable given their current QB situation. The Jaguars will need to rely heavily on the running game this year, so there's no need to rush MJD back in the preseason. Look for Jones-Drew to get some live action in during the Jaguars' third game against Philadelphia if he doesn't play next week.
Posted: 8/7/2013 6:38pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) said he is not having any problems with his foot during training camp. 'There's no pain in my foot. I'm cutting great, no swelling. It's like back to normal again.'
Huddle Up: It's good news that Jones-Drew isn't experiencing any pain after suffering the tricky Lisfranc injury. Even coming off an injury, the Jaguars will need to lean heavily on Jones-Drew and the running game this season given their shaky QB situation. If healthy, Jones-Drew could prove to be a bargain at his third round ADP. MJD is a classic boom or bust fantasy pick.
Posted: 7/27/2013 1:23am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew participated in practice Friday, July 26, and did not have any problems with his surgically repaired foot. He said he feels good but knows he has to get to the point where he can carry the ball 20 to 25 times. Jones-Drew received about 12 repetitions during practice. Head coach Gus Bradley said the team will monitor his reps but want to see him cut and catch some passes during practice.
Huddle Up: It's early, but it's good to see MJD getting in some work. The Jags will bring him along slowly, and as they do expect to see his fantasy value rise towards the top end of the fantasy RB2s.
Posted: 7/24/2013 12:11pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew would not reveal his current weight Tuesday, July 23, but said he would like to start the regular season between 212 and 215 pounds. He was cleared to participate in practice earlier in the day, and said he felt 100 percent when running on hills in Miami earlier in the month with a group of running backs that included San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore.
Huddle Up: A foot injury generally means difficulty in working out, but if MJD is running hills with Frank Gore it sounds like that isn't an issue. Right now the news on Jones-Drew is mostly good, but it will be nice to see him back on the field running with the team.