Maurice Jones-Drew

RB / Oakland Raiders / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bye 6

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  • by Igor Mello |

    Maurice Jones-Drew calls it a career after nine seasons

    After nine seasons in the league, Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement from professional football via Twitter on Thursday. The 29-year-old running back released the following statement: "After much discussion with my family and business team during the offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League. The past nine years were absolutely amazing! I'll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life over the past 24 years. But, now I'm excited and looking forward to the next chapter of my life." Jones-Drew was drafted 60th overall by the Jaguars in 2006, and spent his first eight seasons in Jacksonville before an injury-riddled 2014 campaign with the Raiders. The three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first team All Pro selection won the rushing titles in 2011 with 1,606 rushing yards. Jones-Drew was never able to play a full season due to several injuries. He combined for 1,313 rushing yards the next three seasons after he was the league's top rusher.

  • by Jason Butt |

    Raiders' Del Rio asks MJD if he can be explosive again

    The Raiders have a young and dynamic running back in Latavius Murray that could be poised for a breakout season in 2015. However, Oakland will want to ensure depth at the position while keeping all of its options open in new coach Jack Del Rio's first year on the job. At the NFL combine on Wednesday, Del Rio said, via, that he's spoken with veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew on if he can get back to his previous form. He even point-blankly asked Jones-Drew about his future. "Hey, man, can you be explosive again?" Del Rio told Jones-Drew. Based on Jones-Drew's 2014 season, Del Rio has not promised the running back a roster spot. Jones-Drew ran for only 96 yards on 43 carries in 2014 for the Raiders.

  • by Jason Butt |

    Jack Del Rio: Raiders need to find out what MJD has left

    At age 29, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew is entering a make-or-break season when it comes to where he's at in his career. And that's something Oakland coach Jack Del Rio wants to uncover. Does Jones-Drew still have some solid seasons left in his tank or is he nearing the end? Meeting with reporters on Thursday, Del Rio, who coached Jones-Drew in Jacksonville early in the running back's career, was asked if Jones-Drew can still has a lot to offer at the position. "[Jones-Drew] thinks he does," Del Rio told reporters, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "We need to find that out." Jones-Drew only carried the ball 43 times for 96 yards in 2014. Prior to his final season with the Jaguars in 2013, Jones-Drew never averaged less than 4.2 yards per carry. In 2013, that number fell to 3.4 and in 2014 it dwindled to 2.2.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Jack Del Rio may push to keep RB Maurice Jones-Drew

    It's conceivable, "if not likely," that new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio "will make a strong push" to keep running back Maurice Jones-Drew, reports Jones-Drew, 29, played six seasons for Del Rio in Jacksonville and they had a good relationship, the report said. Jones-Drew is scheduled to count $2.5 million against the cap each of the next two seasons, a high price for a declining back who'd back up starter Latavius Murray. It's possible the team reworks his contract and keeps him around. Jones-Drew averaged a career-low 2.2 yards per carry in his first season with the Raiders but says his body "feels good" and he wants to "turn this thing around" in Oakland.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Raiders not expected to re-sign RB Darren McFadden

    With expectations sky-high for Latavius Murray in 2015, the Raiders aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent running back Darren McFadden, reports McFadden, 27, averaged 3.4 yards per carry this season and has not had a good year since 2011. Oakland also is expected to part ways with 29-year-oold running back Maurice Jones-Drew, saving the team $2.5 million. Murray, 25, averaged 5.2 yards on his 82 carries and will enter next season as the starter.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Maurice Jones-Drew wants to return to Oakland in 2015

    Veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew by no stretch of the imagination had a productive year in 2014 -- his first with the Raiders. The 29-year-old running back totaled just 43 carries for 96 rushing yards and 11 catches for 71 yards in 12 games (one start). Despite a down year and falling behind the likes of Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray on the team's depth chart, Jones-Drew would like to return to Oakland in 2015. "My body feels good and wish I played more. I want to stay in Oakland and turn this thing around," Jones-Drew said, per SiriusXM NFL Radio.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Raiders happy with Latavius Murray as primary ballcarrier

    Asked Monday about Latavius Murray's status as the Raiders' primary ballcarrier, coach Tony Sparano said, "I've had no thought of changing that," reports Murray ran 12 times for 59 yards in the loss to the Chiefs after carrying 23 times for 76 yards Week 14 against San Francisco. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for four carries Sunday. Oakland hosts the Bills in Week 16.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Marcel Reece leads Raiders backfield Week 13

    Fullback Marcel Reece was the most productive member of the Raiders' backfield Week 13 at St. Louis. Reece ran four times for 12 yards and caught six of eight targets for 48 yards. Running back Darren McFadden carried 11 times for 27 yards and caught both his targets for 18 yards. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed five times for 21 yards and secured three of four targets for 23 yards. Oakland played without impressive second-year back Latavius Murray, who's recovering from a concussion. The Raiders face the 49ers in Week 14.

  • by Chris Cwik |

    Raiders carries will be determined by 'flow' of the game

    The Raiders will distribute their carries based on the "flow" of the game on Sunday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Latavius Murray has been ruled out due to a concussion, leaving Marcel Reece, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden in the backfield. Head coach Tony Sparano confirmed that carries would depend on both "flow" and the game situation. It's unclear which player will get the start.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Bigger role predicted for Raiders RB Latavius Murray

    Latavius Murray led Raiders running backs in snaps last week at San Diego, and he's expected to at least split time with Darren McFadden on Thursday against the Chiefs, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Murray got more work than normal in practice this week, according to Kaplan. Murray ran four times for 43 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards against the Chargers. He played 27 snaps, while McFadden played 22 and Maurice Jones-Drew played 10.

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