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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%: 98/51 | Average Draft Position: 72.68
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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.


Report: Maurice Jones-Drew gets three-year deal from Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Raiders, reports NFL Network's Albert Breer. Terms have not been disclosed, and the team has not confirmed the deal.

Report: Raiders close to signing Maurice Jones-Drew


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Raiders have been considered the frontrunners for free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew for some time, and a deal seems imminent. According to CSNBayArea.com, "all signs point" to the sides coming to agreement on a deal soon, with the veteran back visiting Oakland Thursday and Friday.

Jones-Drew failed to top the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season in 2013, while recording a 3.4-yards-per-carry average, the worst of his career. 


Report: Maurice Jones-Drew hoping to close deal with Raiders


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Raiders on Thursday night and Friday, and it "could get serious," reports NFL Network. Fox Sports reports Jones-Drew hopes to close a deal quickly with Oakland.

Steelers 'optimistic' they'll find backup RB


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) There's no secret that the Steelers are looking for a backup running back behind Le'Veon Bell. Last week they had ex-Jaguars rusher Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit and former Patriots runner LeGarrette Blount will visit the team on Friday. 

"We're looking to add depth at that position, and a guy of that caliber, a been-there, done-that type of veteran, will be an asset for us," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it's in free agency or the draft."

Last year Bell had 244 of the team's 342 rushes (71 pct.) in the 13 games he played in. Currently the only backs behind Bell on the depth chart are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole. None of them have carried the ball during the regular season.


Report: Four teams in the hunt for Maurice Jones-Drew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers are in the hunt to land free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew, reports the New York Daily News. Those teams are expected to meet with Jones-Drew's reps at this week's league meetings.

Jones-Drew ran for 8,071 yards in eight seasons in Jacksonville. He visited the Steelers last week but left without a deal.


Mike Tomlin 'open' to signing Maurice Jones-Drew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Although free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew left Pittsburgh without a contract, coach Mike Tomlin said he "felt good" about the visit, adding the team remains "open" to signing him, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jones-Drew will have to reduce his reported asking price of $3.5 million per year to get a deal done.

Tomlin said Pittsburgh needs quality depth at running back. "Le'Veon Bell is a talented player but also a young player," he said.


Maurice Jones-Drew's asking price too high


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is seeking $3.5 million annually, reports CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora. "He won't get that anywhere," according to the Florida Times-Union.

Jones-Drew visited the Steelers last week but left without a deal. The Jaguars aren't interested in re-signing Jones-Drew now that they've added Toby Gerhart. 

The paper says Jones-Drew should try to find a new team before the draft, because that's when clubs will fill their openings at backup running back.


No deal for Maurice Jones-Drew, Steelers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew left his visit from the Steelers without a contract, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

The report says if Jones-Drew does sign with the Steelers it would be an odd fit. Per the report, Jones-Drew wants money and a place to start. With the Steelers, he would get neither.

They have their horse in Le'Veon Bell and are looking for someone to spell him, especially since they have no experienced halfbacks under contract behind him. They also have little money to spend with just $2,174,434 in salary cap space.


Maurice Jones-Drew visiting Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Steelers on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter, adding other teams are interested too. Jones-Drew is set to leave the Jaguars after eight seasons, including three in which he rushed for more than 1,300 yards.

Maurice Jones-Drew 'gone' from Jaguars


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) When it comes to Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, ESPN.com's best guess is that "he's gone." The website says Jones-Drew wants at least a three-year deal and the team likely will offer a two-year, incentive-laden contract.

"Some team will pay him close to what he wants and he'll take the offer," the report said.

Jones-Drew enters free agency without the explosiveness he once had, but "he still has something left in the tank," according to the website.


No tag for Jaguars, again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) For the second straight year, the Jaguars won't use the franchise tag, reports the Florida Times-Union. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Chad Henne are the biggest names headed to unrestricted free agency.

While the team hopes to sign Henne before free agency starts March 11, Jones-Drew is expected to test the market. 


Maurice Jones-Drew 'likely moving on' from Jaguars


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew "is likely moving on," according to CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco. Jacksonville wants the face of the franchise to return, but only if he accepts a team-friendly deal and a reduced role, the report said.

"Knowing Jones-Drew, I doubt that happens," Prisco wrote.

Jones-Drew, who turns 29 in March, averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry last season. It remains unclear what level of interest he'll draw in free agency.


Maurice Jones-Drew has no hard feelings toward Jaguars


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Maurice Jones-Drew has expressed no bitterness about the Jaguars making no attempt to prevent him from leaving for free agency. He added that he is ready to take his talent elsewhere.

"It's not up to me in this situation; it's up to the Jaguars," he told the Florida Times-Union. "All I can do is control what I can control, which is work out and get into the best shape I can be in and see how things come out in March.

"...I'm fine with it. I kind of figured that because we didn't talk throughout the year. That's part of the business. There's no hard feelings. ... Wherever I go next year, they'll have a person ready to play at a high level."


Jaguars set to move on without Maurice Jones-Drew


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) No contract negotiations have occurred between the Jaguars and featured back Maurice Jones-Drew, according to the team website. That leads to his assumption that the team will let him walk in free agency.

"They want to let me go out and test the market a little bit, which I appreciate," he said. "We'll just go from there."

Jones-Drew suffered through his least-effective season in 2013. He averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, by far the worst of his career. He has yet to bounce back from a Lisfranc injury sustained in 2012.


Maurice Jones-Drew unsure where he'll play in 2014


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/30/2014) While saying he'd be happy to stay in Jacksonville, free-agent-to-be Maurice Jones-Drew told NFL.com he's unsure whether or not he'll be back with the team.

"Obviously, I would love to end my career there but that's not necessarily up to me anymore," Jones-Drew said. "What I can control is how I work this offseason getting back ready. We'll see how it plays from here. All this uncertainty, it's kind of exciting to see what opportunity and doors open. We'll see when that time comes."

Jones-Drew will turn 29 in March, has 1,818 career carries in the regular season and postseason and is coming off his worst year yet -- 1,117 total yards and five rushing touchdowns. 


Jaguars will let Maurice Jones-Drew hit free agency


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) The Jaguars will allow running back Maurice Jones-Drew to hit the free-agent market.

The team wants to know what Jones-Drew is worth to other teams. General manager Dave Caldwell admitted the team will be looking to upgrade at every spot, including running back. He is planning to meet with the team to discuss Jones-Drew's future in the coming weeks. Though the team will let other clubs make offers to MJD, Caldwell said he's not pessimistic about re-signing Jones-Drew.


Maurice Jones-Drew: It's indeed about the money


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he wants to finish his career in Jacksonville, but only if he gets the right amount of money in free agency. "I would love to see it through here, but you said it exactly right -- it's a monetary issue," Jones-Drew said, via ESPN.com. "That's where we are now. It's not about football anymore. That's part of the deal, part of the game.”

Jones-Drew, 28, ran for 803 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games, averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.


Maurice Jones-Drew held in check Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew was held in check on the ground Week 17.

Jones-Drew carried the ball 13 times for 39 yards. He averaged just three yards per carry. Jones-Drew was a bigger threat in the air, catching five passes for 51 yards. He was targeted six times. He also lost a fumble during the game. Jones-Drew finishes the year with five touchdowns.


Maurice Jones-Drew ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is active Week 17.

Jones-Drew came into the week probable with a hamstring injury. He was able to get through limited practice Thursday and Friday.