RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Free agent
HT: 5-8, WT: 205, Born: 3-23-1985, College: UCLA, Drafted: Round 2
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: L Miller (82), S Watkins (83), Maurice Jones-Drew (84), T Romo (85), E Decker (86)
Position: S Jackson (80-RB31), L Miller (82-RB32), Maurice Jones-Drew (84 - RB33), F Jackson (93-RB34), D Sproles (96-RB35)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: R Wayne (87), D Pitta (88), Maurice Jones-Drew (89), T Romo (90), S Ridley (91)
Position: P Thomas (73-RB29), L Miller (80-RB30), Maurice Jones-Drew (89 - RB31), S Ridley (91-RB32), D Woodhead (92-RB33)
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After eight years as the face of the Jaguars franchise Maurice Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders in the offseason. Jones-Drew was a perennial fantasy RB1 for the first 6 years of his career averaging more than 1500 total yards and 12 touchdowns per year. In 2012 he struggled with injuries and played only 6 games and was ineffective in 2013 in a disjointed Jaguars offensive attack. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry in 2013, the first time in his career that he's averaged less than 4.2. In his prime Jones-Drew excelled in the passing game, averaging nearly 50 catches a year from 2008-2011. At 29 years old Jones-Drew is entering the twilight of a typical running back's career but he'll have plenty of opportunities to earn touches in Oakland. His main competition for touches will be the oft-injured Darren McFadden and the unproven Latavius Murray.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Jones-Drew carried the load for the Jaguars' offense, but he couldn't escape the Chiefs' defense. The Chiefs front seven completely dominated the Jaguars' offensive line, with the interior of the line showing particularly poorly. That limited Jones-Drew whenever he carried the ball. His longest gain of the day came when there was good blocking up the middle and Jones-Drew was able to dance in the secondary. Jones-Drew wasn't involved as a receiver either, seeing just one target in the fourth quarter. Jones-Drew earned very few yards on the day, but earned is the key word as he was forced to work hard for everything he got.
Week 2 - Jones-Drew's first two touches looked exactly like his touches did in Week 1, they were stopped for no gain. He did escape into the secondary after breaking a tackle on his second carry, but only managed eight yards as the Raiders swarmed to him. That was the most the Jaguars got from Jones-Drew on the day, as he had 10 carries for 27 yards before going out injured. It's hard to blame the veteran running back for his struggles. Defenses just don't respect the Jaguars' passing attack, so they always flow to the football, and his offensive line doesn't create gaps for him to attack.
Week 3 - Jones-Drew was active and started the game. His first few touches were as disappointing as his season has been so far, but once the Seahawks stretched out to a big lead, he became more effective. It's hard to buy into what Jones-Drew did against the Seahawks because it came when the game had already been decided and at times against backups, but he has repeatedly showed this season that he is not the reason his production is down. His touchdown came at the goalline after a turnover.
Week 4 - Jones-Drew finished with 13 carries for just 23 yards. Each week is the same with the Jaguars running game. It doesn't matter much what Jones-Drew does, the team has no passing threat and the blocking upfront is terrible. They simply can't compete at this level, so Jones-Drew can't produce because of them.
Week 5 - Jones-Drew broke a number of tackles early on in the game, but was limited to just one big run in the first quarter. The Jaguars ran some read-option, or at least faked the option with Gabbert a few times, and that held defenders on the backside, but even then the defense was able to crowd Jones-Drew at the line of scrimmage more often than not. Jones-Drew had his most productive day of the year and played impressively, but as it does every week, the offense around him limited what he could do.
Week 6 - Jones-Drew was given more blocking support in this game than he was in any previous game, but he still had to create most of the yards he gained. His biggest play saw him run over two players to get down the sideline. On his touchdown run, he barreled his way in from short. As has been the case all season, Jones-Drew looked like he could still be a star back for someone, he just needs a better supporting cast.
Week 7 - Jones-Drew got better blocking in this game than he did all season long. He didn't have more touches because the offense wasn't on the field enough. The Chargers were able to sustain drives for very long stretches in the first three quarters and the the Jaguars were playing from behind in the fourth quarter so Justin Forsett saw the field. If Jones-Drew is going to be traded to a contender, he should still be able to be a difference-maker. He showed in this game that he can take advantage of quality blocking with a number of good runs.
Week 8 - This was a “come get me” game from Maurice Jones-Drew. He was a focal point of the offense as a runner and receiver, and he played outstanding football. Jones-Drew was disciplined, versatile and broke many tackles to create the yards he got. This may be his ceiling with the Jaguars, but if traded before the deadline, he could return to being on of the best backs in the league as this year is definitely a down-year for the position. Jones-Drew could have had a huge touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Henne threw the ball too far behind his back to even get a reception.
Week 10 - After Chris Johnson fumbled, Jones-Drew had two very impressive runs to take advantage of the short-field with a touchdown. After that point, Jones-Drew was like an expert candle-maker working with ear wax. He can still be successful in what he does, but it won't look good and he'll have to work very hard to make it work.
Week 11 - Unsurprisingly, the Cardinals front seven dominated the Jaguars offensive line. Jones-Drew never had a chance to consistently produce. He still scored a touchdown and ran hard, but too often he was outnumbered and had nowhere to go. His biggest play came on a reception out of the backfield when he broke a tackle in the flat before sprinting down the sideline, but that was negated for a holding penalty away from the back.
Week 12 - Jones-Drew was split wide on the first play of the game, as the Jaguars opened the ball throwing. He caught two passes before scoring a touchdown on a one yard run up the middle. Jones-Drew wasn't running the ball early, but he was the focal point of the passing game as Henne repeatedly threw the ball to him underneath. To start a drive in the second quarter, Jones-Drew broke off a 44 yard run off left tackle behind outstanding blocking. Jones-Drew got better blocking in this game than he has all season long and, unsurprisingly, he took advantage of the opportunities afforded to him.
Week 13 - Jones-Drew found a lot of daylight in the defense in the first quarter. He broke into the secondary on numerous occasions, which is incredible considering how rare that has been throughout the season. His most notable play wasn't a run however, instead it was a designed passing play after a toss. He essentially just pitched the ball to Marcedes Lewis in the end zone, but he perfectly executed the fake and threw an accurate pass to his tight end. Jones-Drew's supporting cast has really improved in recent weeks and he was able to get a lot more running lanes in this game because of that.
Week 14 - Jones-Drew featured heavily on the Jaguars' first drive of the game, but they got away from him somewhat until the third quarter. In the third quarter, he had his longest run of the season when he broke into the secondary off right tackle before breaking two tackles to run downfield. After a 15 yard reception in the fourth quarter, Jones-Drew left the field with a hamstring injury.
Week 16 - Jones-Drew started the game, but he and Jordan Todman were immediately rotating in and out of the game. There was no clear preference as the split in terms of snaps appeared to be close to 50-50. Jones-Drew wasn't exceptionally explosive, but he looked comfortable and ground out some yards on the touches he did receive. Late in the game, Jones-Drew seemed to get looser rather than tighten up. He had two consecutive runs that got him onto the second level impressively.
Week 17 - Jones-Drew's day started out poorly as he fumbled on one of his first few carries. The Jaguars went very pass heavy so he had five receptions after that point, but he finished the game with just 13 total carries for 39 yards. As a veteran player who has had health issues this season, he could have been excused for taking the game off, but he fought to rebound from his early fumble and played a key role as a receiver for Henne. He made some impressive runs, even though his overall production was limited.