Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs with the ball as Tennessee Titans defends during the second half at EverBank Field. Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew potentially being considered to return punts


Maurice Jones-Drew was one of the Oakland Raiders most feel good 2014 NFL Free Agency additions as the former star Oakland area running back in high school out of De La Salle made the decision to return back home to Oakland and the Bay Area after being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars where up until today’s OTA session was the only team MJD called home as a pro.

Now back in his home city and with his hometown team Maurice Jones-Drew is hoping to turn back the clock after an injury hobbled past two seasons in Florida, and Raiders head coach Dennis Allen isn’t ruling out letting MJD fill a role usually reserved for spry-legged youngsters.

The Raiders head coach told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he is considering using Jones-Drew as the team’s new punt returner, filling the role that was once held by the departed Jacoby Ford.

Jones-Drew doesn’t have much experience as a punt returner at the pro level and it is curious that Allen would be even considering the veteran who is known more for his power than his speed in a special teams facet. It can’t hurt to juggle with things and keep it interesting in the early days of OTA’s, but if Allen is seriously considering using MJD as a punt returner it could be best described as a curious idea considering other potential options. Already questioned about his speed don’t rule out Allen’s tactics as a potential move to raise the vet’s confidence in his speed by putting him in a practice role will he will be exhibiting a lot of bursts of speed. Just don’t buy Allen selling MJD as a potential starting punt returner in Week One for the Raiders just quite yet. 

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  • raidernation

    Politics….

  • truthbetold

    That’s too much to put on his plate. Running and kick returning? Have the raiders forgotten he’s old now?

  • Maconslab

    What about KS the guy from Canada???

  • Raider Grant

    Don’t expect MJD to be returning punts, just practice Ladies & Gentlemen.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Isn’t there anything interesting going on with the donkeys, or is it that you’re a closet Raider fan and you just can’t help but troll Raider articles? Just curious donkey fan.

  • truthbetold

    First, im a football fan, not just a Broncos fan. I’m on a fansided app, and I read all articles. Then comment on the ones that interest me, because I’m knowledgeable about all teams. Second, you are really creepy. For someone who doesn’t like talking to me, you oddly always start talking to me. It’s like you can’t fucking help yourself. Any normal person would avoid talking to someone they don’t like. But not you. Because you need someone to vent your pathetic frustration on, because you’re most likely a pussy in real life. People probably walk all over you. You’re probably too short below the waist to please your girl, so you’re overly aggressive on a forum where people can’t strike back at you. You’ve proven yourself to be a crazy, impotent, pathetic little bitch, and I actually feel a little sorry for you. Go seek therapy, and stop talking to me.

  • Grammar NotZee

    He won’t return kicks. DA seems to be giving very little insight to the media about what is going on with the team and is encouraging their minds to run wild lol

  • truthbetold

    Yeah it does seem like things have been more quiet than normal haha. Do you think MJD can still be a #1 back?

  • Grammar NotZee

    I think Dmac will breakout in a run by committee backfield. MJD will be the short yardage threat, Reece goal line situations, Murray can hopefully be the future feature back. McFadden is still only 26 years old so if he can stay healthy and put up decent numbers and just make plays he should stay. He’s a Raider and he stayed for cheap on a prove it deal. No one else would take him, he knows his career is on the line. I feel good about the Raiders this year. Branch is like an additional free agent pickup after being out all last year. Hayden will be better. He’s young and almost died on the field, let the kid get used to the game again. He was Mayock’s top CB in last years draft.
    I don’t think MJD is a #1 anymore, but I don’t think the Raiders will have one.
    I hope we can win the division, but realistically I will be happy with second. Broncos-49ers in the Super Bowl (some Raiders fan I know lol, but I’m a realist). Just waiting for Peyton to retire so Raiders can re-claim the West.

  • Grammar NotZee

    People keep commenting about him getting arrested. What happened? If that’s the case and if it was for something stupid, he will be back up in Saskatoon next year.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Wow… The truth stings a little bit doesn’t it “truth be told”. What’s creepy is that you are a bronco fan trolling raider articles when no raider fan gives two cents about your opinion. Football fan or not that is just weird. Are you so pathetic with your nosy and pointless opinions that other posters can’t stand you in the bronco forums? It must be because you feel you have to post a comment to everybody’s opinion when they are clearly writing to the author and NOT you. THEY don’t need some chump chiming in who clearly doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground (YOU). Talk about seeking therapy. You’re a bronco fan who’s commenting amongst raider fans about the raider team players in a Raider article. Obviously your opinions aren’t going to carry weight amongst the raider fans and the fact that you can’t see it that way is SCARY. I think it’s probably time you crawl back under whatever little rock came out from under in Colorado because the dense air is starting to the deplete whatever remaining brain cells you have left. TROLL!!!

  • slumped

    Speeding and possession of weed. No charges filed.

  • slumped

    Not sure how this is becoming a story. Tafur saw him returning punts and asked DA and DA gave a blanket statement of “we’re considering everything” – non story.

  • Grammar NotZee

    Gang Green

  • chase ruttig

    It was speeding and small possession while he was working a oil-rig based job in Saskatchewan a few months ago. Ps: The Riders play in REGINA, not Saskatoon my man. Green is the colour, football is the game. (I am from Saskatchewan so I need to make sure that was known)

  • chase ruttig

    Editor’s Note: In late May isn’t everything pretty much a “non story?”

  • chase ruttig

    Play nice, we love all of our readers and commenters. Even if they enjoy the Denver Broncos. Room for fans of all NFL teams at Just Blog Baby.

  • Grammar NotZee

    Hahaha I knew that too. Should’ve corrected it but thought it may slip through the cracks. Should’ve been more focused on the wheat trade than the weed trade. He’s still in Raiders camp though Chase?

  • chase ruttig

    To my knowledge Sheets was at OTA’s yesterday. Kevin Burnett the only reported player absence from Day One.

  • Grammar NotZee

    Hey Chase,
    Sheets was granted an absolute discharge for the offense. Excited for him to do well in camp and earn a place on the team!

  • chase ruttig

    Yeah man. The Saskatchewan RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) let him off pretty easy. Sheets is my boy so expect me to be rooting for him this preseason, enjoyed getting to watch him up North the past two seasons with the Riders.