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Jones-Drew gets ‘opportunity’ he wanted from Raiders

Maurice Jones-Drew is back in the Bay Area, where he was born, raised and prepped at De La Salle High School. This time, it’s for more than the offseason now that he is a member of the Raiders.
Jones-Drew, 29, signed a three-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, the latest big-name free agent to join the Raiders as part of their massive roster makeover.
He brings an impressive resume with him, having amassed 10,944 yards and 79 touchdowns rushing and receiving in his first eight NFL seasons, all with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones-Drew said he also brings a chip on his shoulder, something he feels makes him fit right in with a Raiders roster chock full of castoffs from other teams.
“It’s something that’s going to drive us and push us to that next level,” Jones-Drew said in a conference call.
Jones-Drew said he received interest from other teams since the start of free agency. However, he wasn’t interested in mentoring younger players or being a backup.
“It’s going to be a competition and that’s really all I ask,” Jones-Drew said of being told that he’ll get a chance to earn the starting job. “… I only wanted a chance to compete and play. The Raiders gave me that opportunity, and I’m going to take it and run with it.”
Jones-Drew made the most of his opportunity with the Jaguars once he earned the starting job. He rushed for 4,321 yards and 28 touchdowns and caught 130 passes from 2009-11.
Injuries each of the past two seasons hampered Jones-Drew, he said, and a surgery in 2012 might have scared off teams from taking a chance on him this offseason.
Jones-Drew acknowledged that he had a down year last season, when he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards rushing. However, he said a lot of that owed to playing injured so often. He’s healthy and ready to go now.
“I have a ton left in my game,” Jones-Drew said. “People tend to look at running backs and say, ‘Oh, you’re 29, you don’t have anything left.’ … I feel like I have a ton left in the tank and I get an opportunity to show that here in Oakland.”
Jones-Drew said he is excited about the prospect of competing against incumbent starter Darren McFadden for playing time, if not the starting job.
“He kind of has a leg up on me because he’s been in this offense already before,” Jones-Drew said. “My job is to come in and to compete to play. … We both have something to prove and that will help us all out in the long run, competing and being able to push each other.”
Jones-Drew also welcomes the challenge of helping the Raiders end a playoff drought that extends 11 seasons.
The Raiders last won more games in a season when they lost back in 2002, when they advanced to the Super Bowl.
“We have a chance to compete for a division (title) and compete for the playoffs. That’s what you really want to play for, to be a part of that building process, not necessarily for a team that’s already there.”
In other news, defensive tackle Pat Sims re-signed with the Raiders and defensive end C.J. Wilson signed with the Raiders after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Sims, 28, started all 16 games for the Raiders last season and anchored their defensive line. He is expected to compete for playing time on the interior of the Raiders line with recent acquisition Antonio Smith and holdover Stacy McGee.

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  • Guest123

    could have told you that without forcing myself to watch a 1/2 inning.

  • Dakota

    You are good!

  • Blackholepriest

    Rotate them, doesn’t matter who starts.

  • Raiderfusion

    You and I usually agree on most thing, but you’re out of bounds here. Comparing Matlock, an arguably mediocre show to what is generally regarded as the Best TV show Ever is way way way out of bounds.

  • Rick Worth

    Only one Canadian team in the playoffs NHL fck go sharks

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol actually, it could be. The opening theme song drives me away before I even give it a chance. So I’ll take that one back.

  • JV.

    @RaidersBeat: Matt Schaub on @SiriusXMNFL: “I would love to see DeSean Jackson in Oakland.”

    Atta boy.. #DJaxToOakland

  • Guest123

    no doubt would be a solid addition as our slot corner. still very worried about asking dj hayden to produce any significant production looking at our brutal schedule. he’s in for a trial by fire.

  • EDWARD TEACH

    Right, I know. Just putting it out there for folks that might be wondering.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I accept being wrong here. Never gave MASH the time of day. Opening theme song runs me away from watching. May have to check it out now.

  • JV.

    Hes a solid nickel corner… Don’t know how high his ceiling is… Hopefully he shows up this season.. Was a big reason for collapse of defense last year.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    With Trapper and Henry, yes. BJ? Not so much. Got OK again with Winchester.

  • Dakota

    So would DJ Hayden and Tarver.

  • plunkhead

    NL MVP = Bryce Harper

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Most here think they already have Shaub’s number.

  • EDWARD TEACH

    You need a minimum of three. You don’t have to have one on your PS at all if you don’t want or feel the need to.

  • Rick Worth

    We gotsta get him Djax!!

  • JV.

    @ColleenD__: CB Carlos Rogers visiting Oakland today. #Raiders

    Ouch he’s turning 33 in July.

  • Rick Worth

    Wooo!!

  • R8erEduc8er

    If you had to choose, what’s the best WR option?

    1. Watkins at #5
    2. Trade down and take Evans
    3. Take another position rd 1, take Devonte Adams in rd 2
    4. DJack

    I actually like all the options.

  • Dakota

    As a kid I would have to put the grand ole opry and carol burnett show as two shows that made be want to pry my eyeballs out.

  • BigBenRexor

    He’s also slower than Vince Wilfork running in mud after eating a Turkey sandwich with a Gravy Chaser. No excuses.

  • Chino

    Last offseason.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Suicide is painless? The melody may be a bit sappy, but the song’s context in the movie makes up for that.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    1-year “prove it” deal.

  • Rick Worth

    Who he play fo? Playa?

  • Guest123

    forced to choose, I’d take Watkins. I’d consider it a gift from the football gods that he fell to me at pick 5.

  • JV.

    I like Evans/Donald at 8, trade down with minny. Get a second and draft Murphy and garropplo

  • Dakota

    DJax and a good player at #5 sounds like a better option than Watkins at #5….but I do like Watkins.

  • Blackholepriest

    What scares me even more about Matt Schaub is the HC Bill O’Brien is a prototypical QB guru. Schaub would seem to be someone he would prefer to work with or believe he could fix. He comes in and studies the film and immediately puts him on he market. No one even questions why. At worse you get him to restructure maybe try to get through a season with him as you groom someone else.

    No he dumps him for a 6th. And we ‘re supposed to throw a parade for this guy……..lol

  • DutchRaid

    1 year “I am not dead yet” deal?

  • Guest123

    fits Reggie’s MO. we could do worse.

  • Raiderfusion

    You can say he missed with Flynn, but GB is pretty happy we unloaded him. He won the last 2 games last year to get them into the playoffs. He wasn’t mobile enough for our poor OLine, also he didn’t have GB’s WR’s. RM didn’t have a problem pulling the plug when it was obvious it wasn’t going to work. It’s too bad he couldn’t afford to keep Palmer, but that’s life.

  • JV.

    Reggie doesn’t “rent players” hahaha jk

  • Dakota

    So does that lower the average age of our roster?

  • JV.

    He would be the oldest in training camp next to cwood.

  • Dakota

    ORLANDO, Fla. — With a new head coach handling the roster he’s building, Texans general manager Rick Smith wanted to offer something of a fresh start.

    That was, in essence, what happened when they traded Matt Schaub.

    Schaub

    “You don’t go from being an effective quarterback playing at a high level like Matt did, and have one year where you just fall off, and can’t play the game,” Smith told me this afternoon. “It’s not like Matt can’t play. I think Matt can still play effective football in this league and I think that he will.

    “To me it was the right time for our organization as we start continuing this foundation that we’re building with coach [Bill] O’Brien and his staff that we did it in a way that we started fresh. I think that was best for him. That’s why I worked so hard to find a situation that was a good one for him and a club that [understood his] value and worth.”

    That deal came together slowly as the Texans and Oakland Raiders, who sent Houston a sixth-round pick in exchange for Schaub, hashed out details. As it happened, former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick became available during that process. The Texans, who had said they would sign a veteran quarterback regardless of any other circumstance, filled that void.

    To me, the activity around the signings, re-signings and trades of veteran quarterbacks means teams are making sure they aren’t put in a position where they’re forced to start one of the rookies. Smith disagreed that it was any more active than normal.

    “There’s an importance placed on that position,” Smith said. “If you have a good one you want to keep him and if you don’t have one you’re trying to find him.”

    In that process of trying to find him, Smith’s view on the quarterback situation is similar to his coach’s.

    “There’s some depth in this draft class in general and I think one of the positions that illustrates that is the quarterback position,” Smith said. “A lot of people talk about the three guys — Manziel, Bortles, and Bridgewater — but there’s some good quarterbacks out there, the whole group.”

  • Rick Worth

    Lol

  • inonewordraider

    been saying i’d take him, good coaching from the 9ers, need a nickel corner and who knows he might beat out hayden this year

  • william banks

    C’mon man,now see you’re blind also by other reasons.I get it.”You should be ashamed of yourself”—–150% upgrade is a personal attack.

  • Guest123

    BTW, Evans will be a horrible pick for anyone who doesn’t have a QB with a cannon arm. His entire game is pretty much deep stuff. We got nickel and dime short stuff type offense run by game manager schaub. Pass on Evans in that case for someone like Lee or Beckham or Cooks.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I was a youngster in MASH’s hayday. That theme song was painful to me. Every show that I liked, for whatever reason I also liked the theme song. As a kid, I guess my mind made the correlation between good theme song, good show. MASH’s intro screamed long and boring to me. It’s def an age thing.

  • JV.

    @Edwerderespn: Re: @DeseanJackson10: We know Skins interested; expect Panthers, Raiders and Jets involvement. Have been told Saints, Packers, Pats are out

  • Raiderfusion

    Anybody who is a Cubs fan is nothing but a Lemming!!! This is the only team in Pro Sports that absolutely has never tried to compete against other teams, and the fans a OK with it. What a bunch of Goobers.

  • inonewordraider

    I truly believe best player plays on this team, same way hayden sat, same way Flynn sat, same way Wilson was cut

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    TJ’s just angling for a way to retain TP anyway, anyhow.

  • Dakota

    Texans Blog:
    “Matt Schaub is now an Oakland Raider, but let’s remember him for all he did in Houston. Battle Red Blog says thank you.

    Thank you, Matt Schaub.

    Thank you for saving us from David Carr, his Captain Checkdown mentality, and the scars of him being sacked.

    Thank you for being a very good fit in the West Coast Offense and never completing fewer than 61% of your passes in your time with the Texans.

    Thank you for never being a locker room cancer, be it during the battles with Sage Rosenfels or the last year while every other quarterback got his chance.

    Thank you for helping get Andre Johnson closer to Canton.

    Thank you for that special 2009 season, with your 4,770 passing yards.

    Speaking of 2009, thank you for being Houston’s first-ever Pro Bowl MVP and getting Houston on the MVP scoreboard before three other franchises.

    Thank you for the 11 4th quarter comebacks and 14 game-winning drives – including these two.

    Thank you for giving your body up for wins and winning more starts than you lost.

    Thank you for being a great representative of the franchise in the community.

    Most importantly, thank you for helping make this team better. Thank you for actually giving Houston fans a legitimate chance to dream about a championship.

    Good luck in Oakland next year, Matt. Make everyone forget about the pick-sixes, except for one week where it would totally be cool if you wanted to throw one more touchdown to someone in deep steel blue”

  • Dakota

    He just needs better coaching from the likes of Tarver and DA.

  • JV.

    He was on the outside in sf.. My friend who’s a whiner fan says he’s good.. Niners have had issues at corner for a while tho.. Don’t know.

  • inonewordraider

    I say djax+Kevin Sack>watkins