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Is Jones-Drew a potential starter or just McFadden insurance policy?

The Raiders brought back oft-injured running back Darren McFadden on a one-year contract. Checking into the prospect of signing veteran back Maurice Jones-Drew no doubt shows the team’s concern over McFadden’s ability to hold up as the lead back.
McFadden, 26, missed six games last season with hamstring and ankle injuries. Overall, he has missed 29 during his six-year Raiders career.
As a result, the Raiders signed former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings last offseason. Now they are checking into Jones-Drew as a replacement for Jennings.
Signing Jennings turned out to be a prescient move as Jennings stepped in when McFadden got injured and outperformed McFadden at every turn.
Jennings averaged 4.5 yards rushing and caught 36 passes. He parlayed his success into a decent pay day with the New York Giants in free agency. That left the Raiders without a proven backup to McFadden.
Jones-Drew just might be the guy to fill the void. He visited the Raiders on Thursday and is expected to meet again with the team Friday, according to an NFL.com report.
McFadden averaged 3.3 yards rushing each of the past two seasons. Jones-Drew’s career-low was 4.2 until he slumped to 3.4 last season.
The Raiders are hopeful that McFadden can regain the form that enabled him to average better than 5 yards a carry in 2010 and ’11 now that the offensive line has been bolstered through free agency.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion that McFadden’s time with the Raiders ended after last season.
However, he said he re-signed with the Raiders because “I want to prove to the team that drafted me that I am a top running back in this league.”
It’s likely that McFadden will enter training camp as the projected starter. However, Jones-Drew and second-year player Latavius Murray would get an opportunity to challenge for the lead role.
Jones-Drew is accustomed to being the featured back, as was the case his final five seasons with the Jaguars. From 2009-11, he rushed for 4,321 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also caught 130 passes and appeared in all but two games during that span.
Jones-Drew also is far more durable and reliable than McFadden. He has missed only 14 games during his nine-year NFL career – 10 of those came in 2012 as a result of a foot injury he suffered against the Raiders at the Coliseum.
Jones-Drew, who turned 29 on March 23, has plenty of ties to California. He played his high school football at De La Salle High School and attended UCLA.

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  • jesusraiderjim

    more than one, we are hurtin in that dept.

  • r8ter4evr

    Yes Johnny The Man ziel

  • hwnrdr

    Might not be a bad idea…or maybe Pryor…LOL

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    if Manziel was 3 inches taller and drank milk instead of beer, Reggie & Dennis would call him the best thing since sliced bread …

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Convert them all to CB…..Taiwan Jones, Brice Butler, Terrelle Pryor, Juron Criner, Darren McFadden….

  • hwnrdr

    HA! Good Morning! How’s the Ohana?

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Champ Bailey, Drayton Florence, Dunta Robinson, Carlos Rogers, Asante Samuel … need a CB, you say ??

  • hwnrdr

    Well, Taiwan already is, but Criner too?

  • r8ter4evr

    They say size doesn’t matter if you know what you are doing

  • jumpnjiminy

    We sure got killed last year from lack of good cb play…

  • r8ter4evr

    I would go with Samuel

  • jumpnjiminy

    It’s not the size of the wand, it’s the magician…

  • hwnrdr

    Champ, he’s too old already…
    Florence, Robinson, and maybe Samuel…yeah, why not?
    Carlos Rogers…seen him get burned too many times in that NFC Championship game (and I think once was by Golden Tate). So, nah…unless you want to reunite the NIner back filed tandem…LOL

  • jumpnjiminy

    Funny how Vick and Sanchez swapped teams, but Vicks chances are much better

  • r8ter4evr

    Ya but the kids mittens size leave know doubt he can get it done

  • hwnrdr

    Yup!

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    You guys read how Mark Davis at the owners meeting said he’d be interested in Richie Incognito being signed by us….but pending a psych evaluation and Reggie approval.

  • jumpnjiminy

    And I did like the comparison if Manziel to Tarkenton…looking at Johnny that way sorta won me over…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    IF IF IF IF..

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Vic actually posted on twitter that that’s not what Mark Davis said at all… I’d take his crazy azz though.

  • r8ter4evr

    Fran The Man,Johnny The Man. Ziel

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Samuel for nickel corner…Dimitri Patterson could be a good sleeper choice too

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    What did Mark say then??

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    from lindy quotes>
    –Raiders owner Mark Davis did not clearly state the team is interested in signing former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, but he did say he would “have to think about” it.

  • Theghostronin79

    I believe Mark said “Ask Reggie”…….So Reggie was then asked…and He just smiled and remained silent. Asked a 2nd time and said nothing again.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    sign that crazy sob up!

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Sounds like theres a real chance

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Let’s hope they do then. Would love some bad azz attitude on the line.

  • Theghostronin79

    Yeah usually there’s SOME commentary about it you know?……”Yeah well, we’ve considered it…We look at everybody. We’ll see where we’re going and if he fits what we’re tryin’ to do.” Blah, Blah… But saying NOTHING at all….usually means something.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Me too brother, not sure what our identity is going to be yet.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    if not those other CB’s i mentioned, what about Terrell Thomas or Corey Webster from the G-Men?

  • DJ Johnny

    You wonder if Tark really was 6ft tall? Back then u could get away with an inch or two and have a “listed” height and an actual one.

  • mikeschoice

    I say it made our pick more valuable. He’s there at 5 you take him. If not pushes more people down to us.

  • mikeschoice

    I wouldn’t take any other QB at 5

  • Davy Jones

    He said “I’d have to think about it”. Could interpret that either way.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Smashmouth i think. Back to man-to-man football, Raider way. Players beating up their direct opponents.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    well said. that’s exactly why i think the raiders are seriously considering it. just waiting for RI to pass the psych tests.

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Dirt Lot…I ending up putting half down yesterday on my tickets, so I’ll be there one more year

  • Myopinion

    Where do you go to find all f.a? Not just the big names? Like the Philip Adams of the world?

  • jumpnjiminy
  • Jayhawk_Raider

    I’d go to nfl.com, league transactions

  • DJ Johnny

    Don’t we need guys like Phillp Adams for depth at least? DA cited that reason as the main reason we faltered down the stretch last yr.
    How many other corners do we have that have intercepted Peyton Manning on the team? I know u look at the whole body of work but he seemed to be at least decent.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    They must plan on drafting corners…

  • BigDRaider

    A good pick up. This team is OLDER but WISER and should play smart football.

  • DJ Johnny

    I just don’t want to hear after the season that the reason we didn’t win games is because of losing so many guys.

  • Rick Worth

    MJD just signed you heard it here first thanks oh wait Sh?t sorry !

  • jumpnjiminy

    Funny how conventional wisdom (or maybe it’s just Cork’s opinion) says to take the best qb available no matter what…

  • tuckrulefool

    Especially productive guys who were NOT (or have not been) snapped up by other teams immediately…

    See:
    Porter
    Jenkins
    Sims
    Adams

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    did Jenkins sign somewhere? thought he had but I wanted him back, showed heart.

  • DJ Johnny

    Someone posted his pff rating’s and it isn’t pretty. Then again we had no pass rush so it’s added pressure on those db’s.