Maurice Jones-Drew | RB | Oakland Raiders
Posted: 2/15/2015 2:54pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew will need to keep his weight where it needs to be next season so he can be an explosive runner again, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
Huddle Up: It a Jacksonville reunion out West with MJD pairing up with Del Rio once again, but the Raiders' new coach certainly isn't going to find the MJD of old -- just an old MJD as the soon-to-be-30-year-old back has rushed for a combined 1,313 yards over the last three seasons, including a paltry 96 on 43 carries (2.2 average) last season. Jones-Drew's biggest fight might be simply maintaining a roster spot this offseason.
Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he hopes to return to the team next season even though he wished he would have received more work this season. Jones-Drew finished the season with 98 yards on 43 carries. The Raiders would save $2.5 million in salary cap space if they released Jones-Drew.
Huddle Up: MJD looked like a mere shell of his former self this season, and if he does return to Oakland it will be in purely a backup role to Latavius Murray.
Posted: 9/29/2014 10:17am et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was active in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, but he was limited to just two carries for one yard and he had two catches for two yards.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden saw the heavy duty for Oakland in their blowout loss in London. The Raiders are on the bye this week, so MJD will be another week removed from hand surgery when Oakland begins prep for their next game.
Posted: 9/24/2014 4:21pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) said Wednesday, Sept. 24, on NFL Network's NFL AM, he will play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: MJD has missed the past two games, and it's still unclear if he'll return to his starting role or spell Darren McFadden. Unless you don't have another option, MJD is probably best kept on your bench until the roles get sorted out in the Raiders' backfield.
Posted: 9/19/2014 9:22pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (calf) is questionable for Week 3 against the New England Patriots, but it sounds as though he'll play.
Huddle Up: We probably won't know Jones-Drew's status until Sunday but either way he's a risky start. Look elsewhere for a starting running back until MJD shows something.
Posted: 9/18/2014 7:56pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Good sign for the RB to be back on the field after missing Week 2 and Wednesday's practice, but he's going to have to show more Friday if he has a shot at playing Sunday in New England.
Posted: 9/12/2014 10:22am et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is expected to miss the Week 2 game, according to multiple sources. Jones-Drew had a small bandage covering a surgical site below his index finger, and his hand was swollen Thursday, Sept. 11. He said he didn't break his hand, however, multiple sources have reported that he did break his hand. He's not expected to miss a lot of time.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden is expected to get the start, with Marcel Reese seeing an uptick in touches as well.
Posted: 9/11/2014 10:34am et
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden will get the start in Week 2 against the Houston Texans if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is unable to play. FB Marcel Reece and RB Latavius Murray might see increased reps as well.
Huddle Up: McFadden would be the best fantasy play of the bunch, which isn't necessarily saying much.
Posted: 9/10/2014 9:17pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew reportedly had a procedure done on his hand but may not miss any time. Darren McFadden will get the start Sunday against Houston if MJD is out but neither player is worthy of anything more than a flex play at this point.
Posted: 8/22/2014 11:41pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) has been dealing with a hand injury, and CBS Sports sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said the running back might have been lifted as a precaution from the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Green Bay.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew looked good in his limited action, rushing for a 40-yard touchdown on one of his three carries. Jones-Drew has slimmed down and even though Darren McFadden will get his touches, MJD looks to be the lead back in Oakland. He currently has an ADP of Round 7.
Posted: 8/5/2014 12:42am et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew was listed ahead of Darren McFadden on the depth chart Monday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: It's only the first depth chart of the preseason -- with 4 exhibitions to come -- but give the free-agent signee the early advantage on your draft boards.
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.