Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Sign Maurice Jones-Drew


Late Thursday evening, CSNBayArea.com’s Scott Bair broke the story that Maurice Jones-Drew is now an Oakland Raider.  It was later confirmed that MJD would participate in a team physical Friday, today, to ensure he meets all the requirements.  As long as he checks out, MJD will be an Oakland Raider.

The Oakland/Concord, CA, native grew up in and around the Raider Nation and the Oakland Raiders organization.  As a matter of fact, the Raiders were his favorite team when he was a boy.  When he graduated from De La Salle High School in 2003, he attended and played college football at UCLA.  MJD opted to leave college in his junior year in order to pursue his NFL career.  In 2006, MJD was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round.

Told many times throughout his career that he was too small to play football, MJD has racked up an impressive 8,071 rushing yards with 68 touchdowns.  Pocket Hercules, as he is known in the NFL world, has now come home to finish out his career with the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders team was in desperate need of a proven running back to compliment Darren McFadden.  MJD will definitely help to extend the life of both himself and McFadden by operating in a running back by committee type offensive scheme.  Let’s face it, it will probably be the only way to keep DMac and MJD healthy for the entire season.  Factor in the return of 2013 NFL Draft prospect Latavius Murray, and there will be plenty of time off for each of them.

This also bodes very well for the passing game.  This will allow Matt Schaub to execute play action passes in order to keep drives alive.  Although this is all just speculation as to the overall health and productivity of both DMac and MJD, I like the move and it adds depth.  MJD is entering his 9th season now, but I think he can still get it done and help the Raiders to advance the football.

 

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  • Bob

    Good signing.

  • PK

    HELL YEAH!!

  • Angel

    Yeeeeeeeeeeh. Hell yeah. M-J-D!!!!!!

  • Mark Shafer

    I feel a lot better as far as our depth at running back going into training camp

  • Chris Schroeder

    This is great news if we get the Maurice Jones Drew who rushed for over 1600 yards two seasons ago. Nine years though, I just hope he has gas left in the tank. Anyways this will definitely add competition during the off-season as we now have a pretty solid lineup of running backs. I’m very excited about the move I’m just crossing my fingers that both our star RB’s can stay healthy

  • eddytap

    I’m amazed at the negativity this signing is getting already in the national media. MJD had to sign somewhere. Why not Oakland? They are assembling a decent o-line and with a few more additions from the draft, will have more depth to put up more of a fight in the latter part of the season. It amazes me how people forget how competitive the Raider were in the first part of the season last year with pieces on the offense and defense that weren’t as competitive as the team already assembled now. Again, Reggie can do no right. The guy rushed for over 800 yards with all types of injuries last year. I don’t see how this is a negative given those dollars would need to be spent on a RB anyway.

  • DanfromVegas

    On point as usual Shane. I appreciate the insight and cautious optimism. The msm seems to have it in for the Raiders and I get sick of all the nonsense they peddle.

  • Raider Grant

    It would be AWESOME if both MJD & McFadden could stay healthy/productive. I’VE taken a beating today of haters BS about Oakland is truly were NFL players careers go to die. I’ve been pessimistic of late, but truly want the best for Our Raiders! It would be Epic if we could sign D. Jack too! Im starting to feel like we will compete in 2014, but we still require stellar draft for sake of Our future. Go Raiders!

  • F3st3r

    Have always liked MJD, glad we signed him. Wish we could have had him 5 years ago.

    Some thoughts: Would Blount have been a better signing? Or does MJD give us a better change of pace to DMC? Blount is a couple years younger than MJD, and was more productive last year (I think)(yes, I realize MJD was hurt last year and came on strong at the end). Who is now the main back? Or do you guys think MJD and DMC split carries with Sheets, Stewart and Murray filling in?