Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
|RB - #18||OAK||Probable||9 years||29||5'7||210||@Jones_Drew32|
2013 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Oct-25-2013 by Daniel Kalles
Update 10-25-2013 - MJD is healthy but not very productive. At this point he isnt an every week starter and should only be used for bye week fill in or based on match up, until he shows he can consistently productive again.
Update September 19 -2013 - MJD sitting out practice. He might not play this week.
Profile - Before last season MJD had been one of the more consistent fantasy RBS as well as being one of the more durable ones, missing only 3 games over his first 6 seasons. 2012 was different for MJD as he set career lows in all categories mainly due to the fact that he only played in 6 games. He has been working hard to be ready ahead of training camp and at this point it is a wait and see with him. Can't judge his draft status until he shows if he is back fully from his injury. Stay tuned for more info as training camp gets closer.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are expected to provide the Raiders with an interesting one-two punch out of the backfield this season. Jones-Drew told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, "There's no reason why we can't be one of the best one-two punches in the league."
But which running back is "one" and which running back is "two" has yet to be determined. The two will battle for the lead role in training camp, and Jones-Drew said that's one of the reasons why he signed with the Raiders. Although he will have to share carries, he knew the Raiders would give him a shot to be a starter. That gave the Raiders a distinct advantage over the Steelers, another team MJD visited during his tour as a free agent. If he had signed there, he would have been a clear backup to Le'Veon Bell.
Jones-Drew isn't ready for that type of role yet. He said he's got "a lot left" and is looking forward to proving it this summer.
I expect MJD to win that camp competition and be the Raiders' majority runner. But he looked pretty done last season as he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. At age 29, he may be trying to pump himself up to perform for a new team and with a new three-year contract. But I have to scoff at the idea that he has a lot of gas left in the tank. There is quite of bit of wear on his tires, and he may just never be the same after his 2012 Lisfranc injury.
Jones-Drew has plenty to prove this season after a forgettable 2013. I'm just not sure if his body is willing. I'd draft him only as high as a flex. And I'm done getting burned by the perpetually injured McFadden.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/23 - Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he has 'a lot left'
3/28 - RB Maurice Jones-Drew joins Raiders on 3-year deal
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.05||DLF.com - TheFFGhost - At this point RBs were coming off the board very quickly so MJD was a quick grab here. He is certainly in decline but his production should be enough to justify his selection here.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.09||FFMagicMan - Starting WR/TE has me chasing RB a bit now. Once Mo's legal issues disappeared, I gained enough confidence in him to feel kinda-OK with him as my RB1. Don't love it, but if he can regain even 85% of his 2011 season numbers, I should be able to survive.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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