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21 Maurice Jones-Drew RB
Height/Weight: 5-7/210 | Birthdate: 3/23/1985 | Birthplace: Oakland, CA, USA | Team: Oakland | College: UCLA | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 89/9 | Average Draft Position: 85.63
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Maurice Jones-Drew among notable week 2 inactives for Raiders


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:03 pm ET) The Raiders ruled the following players inactive for Week 2 against the Texans: quarterback Matt McGloin, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, safety Jonathan Dowling, linebacker Nick Roach, guard Tony Bergstrom, tackle Matt McCants and defensive end Shelby Harris.

Maurice Jones-Drew questionable Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is officially questionable entering Week 2.

Jones-Drew is dealing with a hand injury. He had a "minor procedure" earlier in the week, and it's unclear if he'll go against the Texans. 


Raiders list four as questionable on final injury report


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Raiders have listed four players as questionable on the final injury report heading into Week 2. 

Maurice Jones-Drew is questionable due to a hand injury. Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava and Matt McCants are also questionable. Taiwan Jones has been ruled out for the contest, and will likely be sent to IR. 


Hope fading that Maurice Jones-Drew will play Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Inactivity Sunday against Houston appears to be a greater possibility than ever for Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew after he missed practice again Friday.

Jones-Drew had expressed hope that he could play despite undergoing minor surgery on his injured hand.


Report: Maurice Jones-Drew unlikely to go Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is unlikely to go Sunday, according to CSN Bay Area.com.

There's a lot of uncertainty regarding Jones-Drew's hand surgery this week. While Jones-Drew said he was not dealing with any broken bones, a source told CSN Jones-Drew did have a broken hand. Neither the coaching staff nor Jones-Drew would rule himself out for the game. Jones-Drew said getting the swelling down in his hand would be the biggest obstacle this week. 


Maurice Jones-Drew admits to having minor procedure


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew admitted to having a minor procedure on his hand this week, according to the Oakland Tribune.

He had a small bandage on his right hand, which was swollen. Jones-Drew told reporters he wasn't dealing with any broken bones, and that he was not in pain Thursday. He expressed a desire to play Sunday, but admitted "it's a long season."


Maurice Jones-Drew misses another practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was absent from practice Thursday for a second straight day, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Jones-Drew is being considered day to day leading up to Week 2 vs. Houston.

Maurice Jones-Drew considered day to day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed the earlier report that running back Maurice Jones-Drew is dealing with a hand injury.

Allen didn't specify Jones-Drew's status for Week 2 against the Texans, but he said it was a different hand injury from the one Jones-Drew dealt with in training camp. Jones-Drew is considered day to day.


Report: Maurice Jones-Drew dealing with hand injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a hand injury during Sunday's season opener against the Jets, a source told CSN Bay Area. He had a procedure Monday, but he is not expected to miss much time, if any.

The Raiders host the Texans Week 2. Darren McFadden is listed as the Raiders' backup running back.


Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden struggle


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) The Raiders running backs had little room Sunday at the Jets in Week 1 in a 19-14 loss. Both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden had minimal production.

Jones-Drew started and had nine carries for 11 yards and two catches for 12 yards on three targets. McFadden had four carries for 15 yards and one catch for 6 yards on one target.

The Raiders play host to the Texans in Week 2.


Maurice Jones-Drew not a promising Fantasy play in Week 1


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) One could not have imagined two years ago Maurice Jones-Drew being a weak Fantasy option heading into a regular season.

Or, for that matter, wearing a Raiders uniform.

But the scatback, who rushed for 1,606 yards in 2012 and averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year later, managed a YPC of just 3.4 last season before landing in Oakland. And though he has emerged as its featured back, a Week 1 matchup against the run-stuffing Jets and likelihood of losing carries to Darren McFadden has Jones-Drew as little more than a flex option in Week 1.

The Jets held opposing running backs to a 3.4 YPC average to lead the league in that department last season. Jones-Drew did average 6.1 in the preseason, but just 2.7 aside from one 40-yard scamper. He's still capable of breaking off a long one and taking it to the house, but that flimsy possibility is no reason for Fantasy owners to start him.

Jones-Drew is ranked no higher than 31st among all running back options this week by CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard. There's a reason for that - a matchup on the road against the Jets is not a promising one.


Maurice Jones-Drew enters season as No. 1 back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Raiders released their depth chart for Week 1 at the Jets, and running back Maurice Jones-Drew retained the top spot ahead of Darren McFadden. However, the team's official website says McFadden should "get plenty of carries."

Maurice Jones-Drew explodes for 45-yard TD run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew looked like his old self during Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

Jones-Drew made some nifty moves to get past the defensive line and ripped a 40-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. He took three handoffs for 45 yards and a touchdown and was pulled after the first drive of the game.

Maurice Jones-Drew dealing with finger injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a finger injury during Friday's preseason game against the Lions, according to the Bay Area News Group. Jones-Drew shared first-team reps with Darren McFadden and finished the game with six carries for 12 yards. He has eight carries for 22 yards through two games.

Jones-Drew will look to play the third preseason on Friday at Green Bay.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden share the load Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden shared reps with the first-team offense Friday night at home against the Lions in exhibition play. Both players were lifted after logging four series of work.

On the opening snap of the game, Jones-Drew took a handoff for a gain of 4 yards, but failed to make much of an impact the rest of the way. He finished with six carries for 12 yards. His lone catch of the night was a short screen pass from Matt Schaub, which he took for a gain of 22 yards in the second quarter.

McFadden punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter, scoring his first touchdown of the preseason. He finished the game with eight carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew gets the start over Darren McFadden Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew made his debut and got the start over Darren McFadden during Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Jones-Drew worked the first two series with the first team offense and finished with two carries for 10 yards. He also caught all two of his targeted passes for 14 yards. McFadden made the best out of his lone touch of the night. He had one carry for a gain of 23 yards in the second quarter and was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew listed as Raiders' starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Raiders' first depth chart lists Maurice Jones-Drew as the starting running back and Darren McFadden as the backup. Latavius Murray is on the third team.

Even if he's splitting reps, Maurice Jones-Drew is motivated


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/1/2014) Saying it's "hilarious" to hear about people doubting his abilities, Maurice Jones-Drew said Thursday that he's fully prepared to show the world that he can still play at a high level

"I know what I have left," Jones-Drew said according to the San Jose Mercury News. "I know the work I put in this offseason to get to where I need to get to be able to play at a high level. I stopped worrying about what people were saying."

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen reaffirmed that Jones-Drew will split carries with Darren McFadden, something MJD has to get used to since he hasn't split with anyone in some time. A Sports Illustrated report said McFadden has an edge on Jones-Drew in the race to start. 

Through his eight-year career, Jones-Drew has amassed 1,818 carries and 342 catches. He'll be 29 years old when the season starts and turns 30 in March 2015. 


Darren McFadden ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew for No. 1 job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden "has the starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew, reports SI.com. The website adds, however, that "this should be a committee backfield considering McFadden’s injury history -- he’s yet to play a full season in six."

Raiders planning run-first attack


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) New Raiders left tackle Donald Penn told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team will be run-heavy in 2014, seemingly good news for Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us," Penn said.

Oakland averaged 27.3 rushing attempts last year, which ranked 16th.


MJD contemplated retirement this offseason


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) Before signing with the Raiders this offseason, running back Maurice Jones-Drew thought about retiring, he told the Los Angeles Times

"I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew told reporter Sam Farmer. "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."

Jones-Drew suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in 2012 which limited him some in 2013. He says he still has the drive to play football. 

"I watched the same tape and I'd say, 'Man, why'd I do this? Why didn't I do that?'" he said. "Part of it was, just physically, I wasn't able to do some of the same things I'm used to doing. But once I started working out after the season ... I'm in the best shape of my life now, running fast, running hills, pulling sleds, cutting, jumping. I've rededicated myself to my craft again."

Jones-Drew will compete for the starter's role and work alongside running back Darren McFadden in camp this summer. 


Raiders noticing their RBs' burst, explosiveness


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Expectations might not be high for the Raiders' pair of older running backs coming off of injuries, but so far through minicamp both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have passed the eyeball test of their peers, says the Contra Costa Times

Quarterback Matt Schaub has seen them showing good burst and making explosive plays as a receiver, believing that the way they complement each other "is going to be a key to our success."

Head coach Dennis Allen agrees. 

"When you watch 'em practice, you see guys that still have explosion, guys that still have run skills, guys that still make people miss," Allen said. "I don't pay a lot of attention to what the statistics may say. I just see what I see with my eyes, and I see a couple of guys that if they can stay healthy, have the ability to perform at a high level."

That is a big "if" from Allen -- McFadden hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career and Jones-Drew is a year and change removed from a Lisfranc foot injury. 


Maurice Jones-Drew wants to compete for starting job


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) New Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew told the media on Tuesday that he knows he'll have to compete to start with Darren McFadden. He says he's motivated to prove he can still run the ball effectively and will work hard to earn the starting role. 

One reason why he thinks he'll get that role? Because his foot feels "phenomenal." 

"I am getting my strength back and my body has really responded," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "My goal last year was to show people I was healthy again and finish the season strong. My goal this year is to be explosive again."

Jones-Drew also said he's down to 215 pounds with a goal of getting to 208 by training camp. 


Maurice Jones-Drew won't be handed starting job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who signed a three-year contract with the Raiders, said he was told by the team he's coming in to compete for playing time, reports ESPN.com.

"We have different running abilities," Jones-Drew told reporters, referring to Darren McFadden. "But the competition is what's going to make us better. We'll push each other."

The Raiders are high on second-year back Latavius Murray, who missed last season with an ankle injury, the report said.


Maurice Jones-Drew officially joins Raiders


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew officially joined the Raiders, signing a three-year deal with the team. Jones-Drew spent his first eight seasons with the Jaguars and rushed for 8,071 yards (4.5 ypc) and 68 touchdowns.

Last season he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.