RB Maurice Jones-Drew - Free Agent
|5-8, 205||Born: 3-23-1985||College: UCLA||Drafted: Round 2, pick 60 (2006)|
2014 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was bottled up all day outside of a 12 yard carry on third down in garbage time. He saw a large majority of the team's carries but there was no push from the Raiders line and when he did get in space he wasn't making anyone miss. Jones-Drew was destroyed in the backfield on his first carry of the second half and was fortunate that his fumble flew into the arms of Derek Carr. Jones-Drew had one elusive move, on a dump off in the passing game, taking it for ten yards and a first down.
2014 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was not used at all in the first half and had no success once he did get in the game. He was surrounded as soon as he touched the ball and never had a chance to show whether he was fully recovered.
2014 Week 6 vs SD (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
After an uninspired first carry, Jones-Drew looked decent in the second quarter. His 9 yard carry included a well-timed cutback and ended with him trucking a defensive back. Two plays later he ran through an arm tackle for a 7 yard gain. Later in the drive Jones-Drew broke a tackle in the flats and picked up 10 yards on swing pass. Despite that success he only saw one touch in the second half. Jones-Drew is clearly well behind McFadden in the pecking order right now.
2014 Week 7 vs ARI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew only saw three carries and didn't look like he deserved any more. He had a good hole on one of those, but was slow to hit the hole and only picked up three.
2014 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was every bit as awful as his stat line suggested. He either ran into the pile or tried to bounce it outside and lost yardage. He was stuffed twice in a row on attempts to pick up one yard for a first down. As successful as Darren McFadden was it was very difficult to see why the team continued to give the ball to Jones-Drew.
2014 Week 9 vs SEA (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew only saw two carries in this game and he never had a chance to get past the line of scrimmage on either. His only positive play was a catch in the red zone on the final drive, where he broke two tackles and picked up 11 yards.
2014 Week 10 vs DEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew's best carry was a six yard run up the middle late in the first half. He had a good hole and pushed the pile for the final 2 yards. He also had a 7 yard reception in garbage time over the middle. Jones-Drew only had 4 touches in entire game and does not look like a big part of the Raiders game plan.
2014 Week 11 vs SD (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew only saw four carries in the game and did very little with them. He received almost no help from his line and didn't have the elusiveness to gain yardage without a hole.
2014 Week 12 vs KC (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As good as Murray looked, Jones-Drew looked awful. He had no burst at all and no ability to get to the quickly closing holes. Jones-Drew looks completely finished as an NFL running back unless he can get to a situation with a much better offense and run blocking.
2014 Week 13 vs STL (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had arguably his best day as a Raider in the embarrassing loss. His first productive play was a 9 yard grab to start the second quarter. On the next play he spun off a linebacker at the second level and sprinted up the field for a 13 yard gain on the ground. Jones- Drew also had a nice move in the open field to spring himself for a 12 yard gain on a catch out of the backfield in the 4th quarter. He still lacked any type of burst but he looked more elusive than he has all year.
2014 Week 15 vs KC (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew didn't see a touch until the fourth quarter. He did get a goal line carry on the final drive but was stuffed in the backfield.
2013 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs OAK (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 3 vs SEA (19 / 43 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs IND (13 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 5 vs STL (17 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs DEN (21 / 71 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs SD (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs SF (19 / 75 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 10 vs TEN (21 / 41 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs ARI (14 / 23 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs HOU (14 / 84 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs CLE (23 / 77 / 0 rush, 8 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs HOU (14 / 103 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs TEN (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs IND (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 1 vs MIN (19 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
For a guy who missed all of camp and most of the preseason, Jones-Drew carried a full load of carries effectively throughout the game. He never saw the end zone, but looked like the time off did him good as he had plenty of spring in his step and burst through the hole. The Vikings struggled against the run at times last year and look like they still have their down moments, even though they have improved overall. Jones-Drew looks like someone who will keep his job as lead back in the weeks going forward.
2012 Week 2 vs HOU (12 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 7 / 1 rec)
With Rashard Jennings ailing, Jones-Drew reclaimed his starting tailback role for the Jaguars in week 2 against the Texans. He started quickly in accumulating 20 yards on the ground during the Jaguars first offensive series. However, as would become a theme on the day, the Jaguars passing attack failed them at every turn leaving Jones-Drew little chance to build any momentum on the day. His best run came on a dash up the middle in the first quarter that resulted in a 12 yard gain. On the play, Jones-Drew took the handoff quickly and got to the line of scrimmage before the edge pass rush could change course and wrap him up. While Jones-Drew may still need to work himself back in to football shape, he certainly seemed quick and powerful against the dominant front seven of the Texans. Jones-Drew did catch a short touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert while the game was still close early in the third quarter. On the play, Jones-Drew chipped his man out of the backfield and swung to the sideline. He caught the delayed screen pass from Gabbert and turned upfield for the short touchdown.
2012 Week 3 vs IND (28 / 177 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Last season's leading rusher was in top form against the Colts as he rumbled for 177 yards on 28 carries. Jones-Drew benefited all day from excellent run blocking from his offensive line, despite the group playing without Eben Britton. Jones-Drew repeatedly made defenders miss and always got forward momentum. He seemingly never made a bad decision despite never hesitating at the line. Jones Drew ran for 20 yards untouched up the middle before then going untouched again for a 59 yard touchdown run. Jones-Drew's touchdown run was a result of excellent blocking and a great understanding of the scheme from the running back. Jones-Drew took advantage of a trap to the right hand side by jinking inside before sprinting away to the endzone. Jones-Drew repeatedly jinked while running through the interior of the defense, but never was he caught dancing. His ability to shift his weight in tight spaces while keeping completely aware of his surroundings is a very underrated aspect of his play. The only negative on Jones-Drew's performance was a fumble that came very late in the fourth quarter. Jones-Drew ran into his own blocker who knocked the ball free. It was completely the fault of the running back who wasn't carrying the ball tight enough to his body.
2012 Week 4 vs CIN (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
It was a pretty non-descript day for Jones-Drew. Whether it was inside or out, running lanes were hard to come by for the star back. His best run of the day came on third-and-short when he blasted through multiple defenders on his way to a key first down. Jones-Drew salvaged a decent PPR-scoring day with his regular involvement in the passing game. Two of his catches, accounting for most of his yards, came when the Jaguars were down big and the defense allowed quite a bit of room in long-yardage situations.
2012 Week 5 vs CHI (12 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew felt like it was involved in a significant portion of the Jacksonville offense in this game, yet he finished the game with just 13 touches for less than 60 yards. He dropped on pass that was thrown his way, and really didn't have much of an impact running the ball in the first half, aside from a nice 20 yard run late in the 1st quarter. Jones-Drew broke to the outside and once he pushed past the defense, he hugged the sideline and burst up field for a big 20 yard gain. By the time the 4th quarter started though, MJD had just 10 carries for 26 total yards. After the TD catch to Alshon Jeffery, Jones-Drew broke another big 27 yard gain after exploding up the guy, and cutting back to the outside for a huge run. He was stuffed on the next play for only 2 yards and it was his last run of the day. He was targeted later in the half on a short dump-off, but the ball was thrown too far out in front and skipped off of his hands into the waiting arms of Lance Briggs who returned it for Chicago's second pick-six of the day. Jones-Drew was pulled for Rashad Jennings late in the 4th when the game was well out of reach.
2012 Week 7 vs OAK (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a hard luck day for MJD, who was playing his first professional game in Oakland, his hometown. He looked like his usual self for the opening two carries of the game, delivering punishing hits to opposing linebackers and defensive backs, but after his second carry, it looked like Lamarr Houston rolled up on his foot. He looked all set to come back after getting it taped on the sideline, but eventually had to be taken to the locker room. By the start of the second half, he was in a walking boot and crutches on the sideline. As of Monday afternoon, he had already been ruled out for Week 8, but it's still not clear as to the extent of the damage to his foot. The dreaded "Lisfranc" injury hasn't ruled out. It's hard luck for the NFL's leading rusher from 2011.
2011 Week 1 vs TEN (24 / 97 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew's first game back after a knee injury could easily be labeled a success. While he didn't show the raw leg power that made him so tough to tackle in his first couple of years in the league, he did show a new patience behind the offensive line. Jones-Drew was more deliberate in hitting the hole at full speed instead of dancing in the backfield and relying solely on his quickness to make things happen. Interestingly, Jones-Drew did not have a reception in the game despite quarterback Luke McCown looking to short routes often for Marcedes Lewis and Deji Karim. Jones-Drew's early touchdown came on a run up the middle. On the play, the Titans appeared to be stacked for an outside blitz. Their free safety had rolled up and to the left in coverage, leaving the middle of the field wide open. Jones-Drew took the handoff and ran off-guard untouched for the score. The play was essentially made behind the line of scrimmage as the Jacksonville fullback sealed off the Titans defensive end thus providing Jones-Drew with a wide hole to the left of the center. Overall, he showed the same low pad level and downfield burst as a few years ago when running the ball. He also showed that he can still carry the load for the team. At one point in the third quarter, Jones-Drew carried the ball on six successive plays covering 22 yards and setting up a fieldgoal that put the Jaguars ahead by 13 points. The only noticeable difference in style against Tennessee was Jones-Drew running downhill quickly for a modest gain as opposed to prior seasons when he might have utilized his agility to go for a "home run" play.
2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (18 / 88 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had a hard time getting any traction against the Jets' defensive front seven, until later in the game when he began picking up yards in chunks. Jones-Drew continued to show determination even when the team is out of the game. He keeps his legs moving after first contact and shows great vision and speed when he is in the open field. He was often hit at or behind the line of scrimmage though and had several negative plays as his offensive line was just overwhelmed the whole game.
2011 Week 3 vs CAR (24 / 122 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew had an excellent outing against a Panthers rush defense that ranks amongst the worst in the NFL. The Panthers keyed heavily on the run early on, limiting Jones-Drew to minimal gains. The diminutive back made an impact as a pass catcher first, catching a quick pass from Gabbert and escaping arm tackles for a 25 yard gain. Jones-Drew ran hard and strong after contact throughout, but his 40-yard effort in the rain was something to behold. He did a terrific job picking up his feet despite the soggy turf and questionable footing on the swamp field. With the Panthers defense bringing linebackers up into the A and B gaps, the Jags found some success running the football in the second half. Jones-Drew astutely found creases that seemed to not even be there. With Gabbert at the controls, Jones-Drew will, for all intents and purposes, be the feature offensive player for the Jaguars going forward. This performance, albeit against a poor rush defense, is a reminder of how talented and multi-faceted he is as a player.
2011 Week 4 vs NO (11 / 84 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew had a drop early on and almost fumbled the ball inside his own 20. He was almost invisible in the first half of the game which was a strange move as he is still in his prime and playing with a rookie QB. Jones-Drew had some explosive runs to the outside later in the second half as the defense finally gave and he was able to burst through some holes. He showed once again how fast he can hit full speed and how difficult he can be to tackle. He was arguably woefully underused in this game however as the Saints never pulled away from the Jaguars and they trusted QB Gabbert a lot to make plays for them which didn't quite happen.
2011 Week 5 vs CIN (19 / 85 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew just never stops moving his massive, powerful legs. Running very well early, Jones-Drew and the Jaguars O-Line was gashing the Bengals D, especially off left tackle, where Jones-Drew found pay dirt on their first possession. The TD run was trademark MJD, as he spun off one tackler, ran over a second, and bounced outside to walk into the end zone. The Cincinnati D stiffened considerably, as Jones-Drew was stuffed for a loss on the second trip inside the 10 and he found that those running lanes that were open early were closing up later in the game. But he kept running hard, spinning out of some tackles and breaking others. Jones-Drew had his longest run of the day, a 25-yarder down to the Cincinnati 5, aided by a missed call. His knee was clearly down roughly 10 yards into the run, but the Jaguars snapped the ball before Cincinnati had a chance to challenge the play. He was unable to convert the opportunity for the short TD and the Jaguars were forced to settle for a FG. Jones-Drew continues to toil away for a team that just can't seem to get out of its own way.
2011 Week 6 vs PIT (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew is the heart and soul of this team. He's clearly the best player, and without him going strong, they have no chance to compete with above average teams. Thankfully for the Jags, he was going strong in this game. The Pittsburgh defense was strong in this game, but Jones-Drew's performance made them look like the weaker version of themselves that showed up in the game against Houston. Even on a number of Jones-Drew's shorter carries, he bounced off defenders at or behind the line of scrimmage and managed to minimize the damage. While the touchdowns are going to be difficult to come by in this offense as Gabbert goes through his growing pains, MJD continues to put up big numbers and look like the player he was in the beginning of his career.
2011 Week 7 vs BAL (30 / 105 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
It was hard night for MJD, most owners were not expecting too much from pocket Hercules but he delivered anyhow. A good night statistically could've been even better had Mojo not fumbled on the one yard line, the first of three fumbles on the evening. Jones Drew gave his team everything he had on the field carrying the ball 30 times and getting punished from the Ravens defense for doing so. Mjd's vision and leg strength mixed with his low center of gravity helped him leverage and churn his way to every hard fought yard tonight. Jack Del Rio used Drew in a wildcat formation a couple of times, trying to maximize every talent he has. Jones Drew is the focal point of this offense and it wouldn't be a shock if he starts wearing down as the season progresses.
2011 Week 8 vs HOU (18 / 63 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The Texans' D knew what they had to do to avoid the fate the Ravens suffered Monday night; they needed to contain Jones-Drew. And they were equal to the task, holding him in check for most of the game. They did allow a 2-yard TD run to the powerful Jacksonville back, but that was about the extent of his damage and it only served to cut the Texans' two-touchdown lead in half late in the game. It wasn't enough, though, as Houston salted the game away on their next possession. Jones-Drew showed his skills on occasion, but it was mostly to make the most of a play when he had little to work with, finishing the day with a long run of only 10 yards. The late TD was all that could salvage an otherwise lackluster day.
2011 Week 10 vs IND (25 / 114 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew toiled away through the first half, picking up chunks of yardage each time he was given the ball (especially on a few draw plays before the end of the half), but leaned on the porous Indianapolis run defense in the second half, capping off a solid day and capping the scoring with a 3-yard TD late in the 4th quarter to ice the game following an Indianapolis turnover. One of the most impressive plays for Jones-Drew was a simple 12-yard pickup on 3rd and 12, where he showed his elusiveness and strength, fighting through a LB Pat Angerer tackle for the first-down yardage on the right sideline. One thing was consistent, though, whether Jones-Drew gained big yardage or not, he was almost always falling forward, wearing down the Colts' D as the game went on.
2011 Week 11 vs CLE (21 / 87 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
With 21 carries, Maurice Jones-Drew (MJD) was able to produce a decent fantasy day without ever taking over the game or breaking a long run however. MJD was able to find small holes consistently against the Browns but was never able to break into the secondary or really outrun the defense. MJD continues to be hampered by a JAX offense that defenses load the box against. He showed determination and almost always picked the correct hole without losing yards because of too many cutbacks. MJD showed an incredible burst of power on the goal line to score his TD as he carried several Brown defenders into the endzone with him. He was also a great checkdown option for Gabbert in the passing game and made his mark as a receiver. MJD did have to run and bounce off defenders at the line however but was rarely tackled for a loss and no one could have asked any more out of his performance on Sunday.
2011 Week 12 vs HOU (18 / 99 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
It was a joy to watch how Jones-Drew was still able to churn out yards despite the rest of the Jacksonville offense struggling. He frequently had to break tackles or carry defenders in order to pick up the yards that he did. Backed up near his own goal line, the stout running back dragged a defender three yards to give the offense more room to work. When given the opportunity for a big gain Jones-Drew capitalized on it in both the running and receiving games, with four plays of 18 yards or longer. Jones-Drew had over 100 yards of offense by halftime, while the rest of the Jaguars had around 40. He was seldom used late in the fourth quarter when the Jaguars were trying to come from behind by ten.
2011 Week 13 vs SD (20 / 97 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 91 / 1 rec)
On the first few possessions, it looked like it might be a tough night for Jones-Drew, as San Diego bottled him up in the run game. But as Jones-Drew typically does, he once again found a way to make sure he got his stats by game's end. There was a lot of slipping on the field early on, which helped him on his touchdown reception. After a play fake to Jones-Drew, he slipped out into the flat for a short reception. He quickly turned towards the end zone, and the only San Diego defender with a shot at tackling him stumbled as he moved forward. That allowed the running back to easily take it in for the score. Later in the half, he took a quick shovel pass inside and had nothing but daylight in front of him. There was terrific downfield blocking on the play, and Jones-Drew very nearly broke it for a score (he was dragged down at the 5-yard line with one man to beat). In the second half, he had a handful of nice gains with some good-sized holes because the Jaguars, despite trailing by over two scores, elected to continue running the football and never really attempted to play catch-up.
2011 Week 14 vs TB (27 / 85 / 2 rush, 6 / 6 / 51 / 2 rec)
Jones Drew was everything you could ask for and more, scoring all of the Jags offensive TDS and willing the team to victory. He showed great vision, skipping right then left on his first carry of the game before rumbling forward for 9 yards. On the very next play he was hit in the backfield but somehow fell forward for 2 yards and a first down. That's pretty much the way the whole day went for MJD as the Bucs focused heavily on the run but could not consistently stop him. He would go through periods of quiet and then break 2-3 tackles on his way to a 7 or 8 yard gain. His first TD was a 1 yard run where he powered through 2 defenders at the one for the score. His second was even more impressive as he caught a pass at the one with his back to the goal line and somehow twisted his body to knock the pylon over as he was taken to the ground. After a quiet 3rd quarter, MJD finished off the game with a fantastic 4th quarter. He took a screen pass that looked like nothing early in the quarter, broke 2 tackles and turned it into a 9 yard gain and a first down. He made a nice snag on a quick pass from Gabbert and fought through 3 defenders at the goal line for his 3rd TD of the game. He came up just short of his 4th TD on a hard-nosed 6 yard run up the middle but then finished it off on the next play running straight into the teeth of the Bucs defense for the score.
2011 Week 15 vs ATL (17 / 112 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew came into the night facing a pretty dominant Falcons rush defense, was still able to produce 112 yards rushing. MJD ran with great vision and determination, consistently forced to make defenders miss in the backfield. MJD's explosive play for 43 yards came from side stepping an un blocked defender 4 yards in the backfield, then exploding up field running through arm tackles churning and forcing his body through the defense. MJD is the only weapon the Jaguars offense has, which makes his performance this year even more. Jones-Drew had his ankle rolled up on with a minute left in the first half, making fantasy owner very nervous but on his first carry in the second half Jones-Drew exploded through the left side of the line for an 11 yard gain dispelling all worries. Tonight's performance was very workman like, at times getting stopped behind the line then breaking through the line of scrimmage for 10 yards always falling forward for extra yardage. Last point Mojo now has 330 total touches this season, which is a double-edged sword for owners with still 2 more games to go.
2011 Week 16 vs TEN (24 / 103 / 1 rush, 10 / 6 / 21 / 0 rec)
For the woeful passing game supporting his efforts, it is a minor miracle that Maurice Jones-Drew is near the league lead in rushing yardage through 16 weeks. He played well against the Titans, consistently moving the pile between the tackles and showing enough speed to the outside to keep the linebackers and safeties from crowding the line of scrimmage too much. Jones-Drew's best run came on ten yard touchdown run in the first quarter. With the Jaguars down 10-0, Jones-Drew took the handoff and quickly darted off-guard to the left and in to the Titans secondary. Near the goalline lowered his shoulder and punished two Titans defenders as he scored the touchdown. Jones-Drew's running style continues to improve. He shows great leg drive on all interior runs and seems to get even stronger as the game wears on. He is running with the same low center of gravity that has made him so dangerous in the past and appears to show no sign of letting up as the season winds to a close. He also chipped in six catches on the day, all of which came on short screen passes and quick outlet tosses.
2011 Week 17 vs IND (25 / 169 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
What an amazing day to cap off an equally amazing season for Jones-Drew. To think that Jones-Drew is the only playmaker on this offense and he has been this successful is a true testament of his talent. At the start of the season everybody in the fantasy world was pretty down on Jones-Drew but he has proven to everybody that he is healthy and still an elite option. Jones-Drew not only won the rushing title with this great performance, he also broke former teammate RB Fred Taylor's single season rushing record for the Jaguars. Jones-Drew seized the single season rushing record on a fifty six yard run on his first carry of third quarter. On the play, Jones-Drew had a huge hole that he exploited then cut back, making a defender miss, and then he was off to the races. Jones-Drew was pushed out by the trailing defender but that could have easily been a sixty plus yard touchdown. As stated above, Jones-Drew just missed another touchdown on a reception that was called just short of the goal line. On the replay it showed that Jones-Drew had scored, but Jacksonville decided not to challenge the play. On the next two plays, Jones-Drew was not able to convert from the one yard line for the score. Still even without the touchdowns not too many of his owners are complaining about this fantastic performance.
2010 Week 1 vs DEN (23 / 98 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew shook off preseason talk of knee issues with a very strong performance. He was able to grind down the Broncos defense for a near 100 yard game and ran with his usual toughness and undeniable strength. His never go down mentality forced two face mask penalties on the game-winning in a big contribution that won't show up in the box score. He cut back with no hesitation, and the Jags rode him just they way they would if he was 100%. Jones-Drew looks like he was worth that top four pick after all.
2010 Week 2 vs SD (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
It was a terribly frustrating afternoon for Jones-Drew, who was never able to get anything going. There was no running room in the early going, as the Chargers were frequently gang-tackling in the backfield. The passing game wasn't helping matters, since David Garrard and company were busy turning the ball over almost non-stop. Jones-Drew himself turned it over once as well, on a third and one carry early in the second half. There were seemingly more camera shots of Jones-Drew on the sideline with his helmet off looking bored than there were of him actually running the ball. He was out-gained on the ground by backup Rashad Jennings, and had just one reception in the passing game. It was a nice effort to pick up 17 yards on a third and long screen pass, but outside of that his impact was non-existent.
2010 Week 3 vs PHI (22 / 88 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew ran hard and racked up above-average amounts of yardage when he ran against the strong Eagles defense in Week 3, but he failed to break off a big run on the day. Jones-Drew had a long of 17 yards and was limited in his production as David Garrard and the rest of the passing game could not create anything close to a balanced attack. Jones-Drew should have better chances against the Colts next week.
2010 Week 4 vs IND (26 / 105 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
Finally MJD is able to put a complete game together. The Colts had a soft run defense coming into this football game but MJD carved them up on the ground with plenty of 2, 3, and 4 yard gains. He broke some longer runs too but he was making sure he gained a few yards every time they gave him the football. Sometimes Jacksonville was content to hand the ball off to him 3 or 4 times in a row. He really has no one that takes away any touches form him and even the passing game is just a backdrop for his carries and attempts in a football game. MJD is almost all the offense the Jags have and it was a great game plan because it ate up a lot of clock along the way and shortened the football game. On the 2nd to last drive when Jacksonville took the lead 28-21, MJD had his number called 4 of the 6 plays inside the 25 yard line of Indy. The problem obviously is that Jacksonville is very inconsistent and it starts at their QB spot plus and underwhelming set of receivers but MJD is head and shoulders the offense in Jacksonville.
2010 Week 5 vs BUF (19 / 84 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew found it difficult to get going early, as Buffalo gave him little to no running room. He was routinely met at the line, or shortly after but never had tackles for loss. He had one big run early on, where he showed great patience by slowing down and finding the huge cutback lane to the left of the defense. He was mostly used up the middle and thus, would have had a difficult time breaking one off against this Buffalo team who did not fear the passing game much. Jones-Drew did seem to improve with every carry and began to bust big gains late in the third and fourth quarter. He would have scored on a touchdown run if not for a holding penalty. He also had one drop, but really was reliable for his team and did as much as his team could have asked.
2010 Week 6 vs TEN (17 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew looked good on the touches that he got but never got a chance to break anything. The Jaguars played from behind for the whole game and never established a consistent running game. MJD was powerful on his runs up the middle, most times gaining 6 or 7 yards. He had one carry in red zone where he moved the pile several yards for a nice gain.
2010 Week 7 vs KC (16 / 47 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew was bottled up for the majority of this game on the ground by a very good Kansas City inside linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher, but he managed to make hay in the receiving game. Jones-Drew did have a nice 21 yard run when he saw nothing between the tackles, astutely bouncing the run to the outside. His touchdown was a thing of beauty as he beat Mike Vrabel to the corner of the end zone and caught a nicely lofted pass from Bouman over his outside shoulder. Jones-Drew showed his open field elusiveness on a 29 yard gain on a screen pass as he shifted left and right to avoid tacklers. It was a good day from MJD, but not his best by any means.
2010 Week 8 vs DAL (27 / 135 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Cowboys. Coach Jack Del Rio made sure that Jones-Drew was a featured piece of the offense and it showed. Despite a mediocre season to date, Jones-Drew was saddled with 29 touches for 148 yards against a Dallas front seven that had difficulty stopping him before he'd gained positive yardage. His best run came on a 23 yard scamper around left end that set up Mike Sims-Walker's ten yard touchdown reception. On the play, Jones-Drew took a quick toss from David Garrard and used his speed to beat the Dallas defense to the sideline before turning upfield for the large gain. Jones-Drew is being targeted in the passing game a reasonable amount, but the emergence of Mike Thomas as a possession receiver has minimized the need for Jones-Drew to catch the ball more then a couple times a game out of the backfield.
2010 Week 10 vs HOU (24 / 100 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was a constant thorn in the side of Houston, who couldn't seem to stop the former UCLA Bruin from knifing through their defense. Jones-Drew managed to get an 11 yard gain against a nine man box of Houston on one occasion. Jacksonville was dominant in the trenches and used a lot of two tight end sets. Jones-Drew scored two rushing touchdowns on runs that were well blocked and didn't involve a lot of second effort from MJD. Jones-Drew ran with his usual toughness and desire, and his performance played a big part in their victory.
2010 Week 11 vs CLE (23 / 133 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 87 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had a command performance, but it was still close to being a fantasy dud until the fourth quarter. On the downside, he turned the ball over twice, once on a fumble that was just a good strip by Abram Elam and the second on a halfback option throw that was on target, but undercut and intercepted by Elam. Otherwise, MJD was patient, strong, quick, and getting good gains on most runs behind a line that was getting a good push at the point of attack. MJD's stats were still pedestrian until he started ripping off longer gains against a tired Cleveland defense in the second half, including a 75-yard screen pass catch and run that set up the game-winning TD, which Jones-Drew scored. He is back to being the stud everyone thought they were getting in the top five of their draft.
2010 Week 12 vs NYG (21 / 113 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew broke 100 yards for the fourth straight game, though he failed to score this time out. He continues to run incredibly tough and he absolutely annihilated Giants safety Terrell Thomas on a run where he just flat out ran over the former USC Trojan. Jones-Drew continues to show great vision and cutback ability, changing direction to hit a hole, avoid a tackler or find a new lane. Garrard also looks for him frequently in the pass game as well and Jones-Drew is deadly in space. Running the ball, catching the ball, blocking, short yardage, longer downs - there isn't anything this all purpose back can't do.
2010 Week 13 vs TEN (31 / 186 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
MJD and his wares were on full display this week. Jacksonville's game-plan looked to be to absolutely break the will of the Titans defense by pounding them with MJD right from the start. Jones-Drew ran hot all game between the tackles, beating defenders to the edge as well. MJD just bruised it up, punishing would be tacklers along the way on each carry. One of the best and most consistent performances you will ever see from a running back honestly. He gashed the Titans D for just under 200 yards on 32 touches.
2010 Week 14 vs OAK (23 / 101 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew (MJD) is short but he's not small. He finishes every run with power that makes defenders wish they didn't have to tackle him. He can easily run "behind" his offensive line on outside runs as he is so short and then burst upfield or down the sideline. MJD had numerous runs to the outside and enjoyed great run blocking from his team. He gave the Jaguars a powerful inside rushing threat to manage down and distance situations and was invaluable to his team. He wasn't asked to do much else but the football on mostly vanilla run plays but was excellent in this role despite never reaching the big play.
2010 Week 15 vs IND (15 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
MJD just had nowhere to run in this one. The Colts clearly refused to let MJD run all over them, as he has in previous matchups. From the start, they kept 8 in the box and forced Garrard to beat them in the passing game. Fortunately for the Colts, the Jags didn't do a good job of adjusting until the 2nd half. In the first, the Jags stuck with the running game, and MJD was stone-walled again and again. Jones-Drew did add a few receptions and 22 yards in the receiving game, but by and large, wasn't able to get anything going in a week in which his owners were counting on big things.
2009 Week 1 vs IND (21 / 97 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
No doubt about it, Jones-Drew was impressive, and his owners should feel like he was worth the very high pick they probably spent to get his services for the season. The problem is that MJD is basically the whole offense. He got four of the first five touches on the day. He was the only player to consistently convert first downs. MJD got the Jags only TD on a fourth down carry inside the 10 that he busted outside behind a Marcedes Lewis block. Jones-Drew got a ton of targets in the passing game, including a drop late in the fourth when he looked very weary. On that weariness - Jones-Drew took a lot of hard hits. It will be hard for him to hold up all year if he absorbs this much punishment in every game.
2009 Week 2 vs ARI (13 / 66 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew looked primed for a big day when he was met in the backfield on his first carry, and just busted it outside for a huge gain. He had a good share of safety valve receptions, but not that were really designed to get him the ball in space, where he can do the most damage. He did have one downfield target when he leaked behind the linebacker trying to cover him, but the defender committed pass interference instead of surrendering the big play. MJD still ran tough, quick, and fast, making him as hard to bring down as ever, but the Jags never really got in a position where they could run a traditional drive so he could get in rhythm running the ball. On the plus side, Jones-Drew didn't take nearly as much punishment as he did in the season opener.
2009 Week 3 vs HOU (23 / 119 / 3 rush, 7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew, like Thomas Jones and Chris Johnson before him, gauged the Texans porous rush defense for 119 yards on 23 carries. Jones-Drew scored three touchdowns on the ground and added 4 catches for 28 yards (on 7 targets) for a game total of 147 yards. Jones-Drew was most effective up the middle and received all of the rushing work out of the backfield near the goalline.
2009 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 14 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
It was a disappointing day for MJD's owners, but the developments of this game should only help him going forward. Jones-Drew ran with the same toughness, burst, and energy that he has had throughout his career, but the line got little push on his carries. MJD made his TD run happen by busting the run outside, and he also had a TD reception called back by penalty. The Jaguars rejuvenated passing game and the lack of punishment against a tough defense definitely gives MJD's future outlook an uptick.
2009 Week 5 vs SEA (12 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was never able to get anything going. He had one carry of 18 yards in the first half, and didn't gain more than four yards on any one carry the rest of the game. It was a similar story for him catching passes out of the backfield. He caught everything thrown to him, but for very little yardage. He also had one first down catch called back on a penalty.
2009 Week 6 vs STL (33 / 133 / 3 rush, 7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had a huge fantasy day, but he had to fight for every point. He was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage and had to just put his head down and take what was there. He also had a fumble in the red zone that put a halt to a likely scoring drive. As the game went on, MJD wore down the Rams defense and started to break good runs here and there, and he was very effective as a receiver out of the backfield. Once the Jags did get inside the five, it was like MJD was the only option in the playbook. They kept feeding him, and he never disappointed, finishing all touchdown drives. Jones-Drew racked up a ton of yards after contact, and in overtime, he was determined to get the team in field goal range.
2009 Week 8 vs TEN (8 / 177 / 2 rush, 4 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Some people like to say that "if you take away one or two runs from a running back, he doesn't have a very good day". Well, that is likely true, but when two of your eight carries are 80-yard and 79-yard touchdowns. Jones-Drew "only" had 18 yards on his other six carries, but I think everyone can forgive him based upon those other two. It is remarkable that Jones-Drew did not have a carry until Jacksonville's fourth drive, which was when he broke the 80-yard touchdown. Clearly he should be getting the ball more often as the passing attack was below average at best and more likely "horrible" would be a better description. Expect a ton of Jones-Drew work in Week 9 against the Chiefs.
2009 Week 9 vs KC (29 / 97 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs found out that you can keep Jones-Drew down for most of the game, but not all of the game. He was met at or near the line of scrimmage on at least ten of his carries, but Jones-Drew soldiered on, getting yards by keeping his legs churning on more than one carry, including his TD run. Jones-Drew showed off his skill as a receiver downfield on a few catches, but mostly he was slamming the ball between the tackles to keep the Chiefs defense honest and set up the coverage lapses that led to the Jags big plays. MJD found a little more room on his outside carries, but for the most part, he fought for every yard during this courageous effort.
2009 Week 10 vs NYJ (24 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars wanted to test the Jets defense up the middle where they were without pro bowl DT Kris Jenkins. In their first series, the 5'7, 210 lb. stout frame of Jones-Drew gashed the interior of the defense, accumulating 55 yards on 5 carries, capping off the drive with a 33 yard scamper for a TD. Jones-Drew looked elusive and powerful, shedding tacklers as they failed time and again to make leg tackles around those 32 inch thighs. Carrying multiple tacklers as he ran through the teeth of the defense, the Jets had no answer for the prolific runner in the first half, where he racked up nearly 100 yards and a score. Jones-Drew did fumble inside the Jets 5 yard line on a bad exchange from David Garrard early in the second half, and he drove his owners crazy when he abandoned an easy TD and took a knee at the one yard line to kill clock at the end of the game. One of the more unrecognizable big plays by MJD, came on a key 3rd down conversion when Garrard was stuffed on a QB sneak with no where to go and Jones-Drew came from behind and pushed Garrard through a crease to get the first down.
2009 Week 11 vs BUF (25 / 66 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew never got free for a big gain, but it wasn't for lack of trying. He was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage, and the Bills also did a great job employing sound tackling techniques to limit MJD's yardage. Jones-Drew scored in the first half after a Sims-Walker catch at the one set up the easy scoring opportunity. He also gained some tough yards in the red zone on the game-winning drive, but couldn't punch in the TD on two chances to score on goal-to-go downs. Garrard kept him involved as a receiver, and Jones-Drew maximized whatever was there with good cutbacks, but overall he was contained about as well as you'll see him bottled up in any game. If you own MJD, you still have to love that 84 total yards and a TD is a bad game for him.
2009 Week 12 vs SF (15 / 75 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had very little room to run in the first half - and only five carries. In the 3rd quarter, he looked better, lots of gas in the tank, but couldn't convert the short yardage plays, effectively killing a productive drive. In general, Jones-Drew got more productive as the game went on. He looked good in the second half, but his opportunities were limited because they were playing from behind, and also because the offense kept on sputtering when they sniffed the red zone.
2009 Week 13 vs HOU (24 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew's statline against Houston (25 touches for 82 yards and zero scores) does not tell the whole story of his production. After looking foolish in the past against MJD and Chris Johnson, the Texans focused on stopping the run by cramming the box full of defenders. Nonetheless, Jones-Drew ran hard and had a number of carries that would have resulted in lost yardage if not for his power and quickness. On one such carry, Jones-Drew took a toss to the left and noticed that the defense was quickly coming to meet him. He shifted back to the right and gained 9 tough yards by outrunning the defense to the center of the field. The Jaguars utilized play-action on the short touchdown pass to Ernest Willford, taking advantage of the fact that Houston defense was keyed in on the Jones-Drew near the goalline.
2009 Week 14 vs MIA (18 / 59 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew's play was better than his numbers suggest. Almost always hit at or behind the line of scrimmage, Jones-Drew kept his pad level low and powered forward for short gains against a stacked front. When given a chance to get to the corner on a designed pitch sweep with offensive linemen pulling ahead of him, Jones-Drew was able to gain 13 yards on a fourth and short play in the fourth quarter. He was also impressive in the open field on a circle route in which he broke four tackles for a 17-yard gain.
2009 Week 15 vs IND (27 / 110 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball well for the Jaguars in Week 15, topping 100 yards on the ground and finding the end zone twice in the first half - once as a rusher and another as a receiver. Jones-Drew's touchdown catch was on a broken play where he just ran to an open corner of the end zone as David Garrard scrambled and ultimately found him wide open. Jones-Drew performed well all game long and in a close contest he had a nice balance of at least five carries in each quarter of the game. He was more successful in the first half as he had six carries for seven or more yards and a touchdown in 14 attempts (73 total yards in the first half) and looked stronger and more powerful prior to halftime.
2009 Week 16 vs NE (18 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
The Jags key offensive weapon was held in check all afternoon as a young Patriots defense put on their third fine performance in three weeks. Jones-Drew was held under 100 total yards, and wasn't able to use his powerful lower body to break away for any big plays. While he ran hard on all of his 21 touches, the NE defense wrapped him up like a calf in a rodeo, limiting him to minimal gains throughout the contest. His afternoon was epitomized in the first quarter by a huge 4th and 1 play deep in Jacksonville territory where Jones-Drew was drilled for a loss, giving NE fantastic field position.
2009 Week 17 vs CLE (16 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Drew had trouble getting his feet moving at times on the frozen field, but was able to break two long runs. He was effective between the tackles, bouncing off defenders for tough yards and showed good speed in the open field. He left the field limping after a low hit from a Cleveland defensive back, but came back on the next series.
2008 Week 1 vs TEN (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew only had five rushing attempts, and did not have many opportunities to gain significant yards on the ground, although he was ruled inches short of the end zone on one play. He caught all of his targets and managed to show his explosiveness and shiftiness on a couple receptions to gain yards after securing the pass.
2008 Week 2 vs BUF (7 / 17 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
While he only averaged 2.4 per carry he scored the only touchdown for Jacksonville. He also caught three passes for 25 yards, but he left in the second half with an ankle injury. After treatment on the sidelines he returned to the game, but keep an eye on the injury reports this week.
2008 Week 3 vs IND (19 / 107 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran with great power, explosion and elusiveness, breaking tackles routinely and also making defenders miss at other times. He was very effective in the first half, turning short passes into good gains by using his speed and elusiveness in the open field. He limped off the field briefly at one point, but returned shortly thereafter and ran with the same power and authority he displayed earlier.
2008 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew did not have many opportunities during the game. He showed flashes of his power by carrying defenders for additional yards after contact a couple of occasions, but only touched the ball nine times in the game. Part of the reason was the success of the short passing game with Garrard and Jacksonville's wide receivers.
2008 Week 5 vs PIT (5 / 7 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 23 / 0 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew was never a factor. He had less than three yards per touch and could not make any plays. Defenders seemed to be on him, even in the flats when he caught the ball. He was slowed by a sprained ankle in the third quarter, but even before that, he is not the same back owners have been used to seeing over his career.
2008 Week 6 vs DEN (22 / 125 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
In Taylor's absence, Jones-Drew received the bulk of the Jaguars' carries, making the most of his opportunities. Jones-Drew scored his first touchdown in the second quarter on a one yard run, giving Jacksonville a lead that they would not relinquish. Jones-Drew's second touchdown came in the third quarter, when he found a hole up the middle and busted off a 46 yard touchdown run. When Jones-Drew wasn't scoring, he was living up to his reputation as a human bowling ball, often pushing the pile and breaking tackles to gain important extra yards.
2008 Week 8 vs CLE (12 / 29 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was unable to find any running room and did not fare much better in the passing game. As a result he was unable to generate any big plays.
2008 Week 9 vs CIN (10 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew did not have many opportunities, as he had a limited number of touches. He did manage to display his power on his scoring touchdown run, but was otherwise stifled on his rushing attempts, as he was forced to evade Bengals' defenders in the backfield on several of his rushes. He did run very well on both his receptions, turning short passes into gains of 13 and 16 yards. Due to the limited touches, his numbers were modest, even with the touchdown.
2008 Week 10 vs DET (11 / 70 / 3 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
RB Maurice Jones-Drew scored three second quarter touchdowns and led the way for the Jaguars to blow out the hapless Lions. He ran the ball well and made very smooth cutbacks to avoid the Lions' defenders.
2008 Week 11 vs TEN (17 / 66 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew played well, running with his combination of power and elusiveness, and using those attributes to score two rushing touchdowns. He did not have many opportunities to showcase his speed as Tennessee's defenders got to him before he could get into the open field, but he was still able to put together a very good game both running and receiving.
2008 Week 12 vs MIN (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 113 / 0 rec)
Despite getting nothing in the run game, Jones-Drew still turned in a very good performance. That's because he caught nine passes out of the backfield for 113 yards. He caught mostly screens and swing passes, though he did go down the field on at least one occasion to haul in a great leaping catch in traffic. Early in the fourth quarter, he was shaken up after being tackled awkwardly. It appeared that his ankle was twisted under him and he was in considerable pain as he limped off the field. But on Jacksonville's next offensive possession, he was back in the backfield, catching three more passes, and looking no worse for wear. We'll keep you updated on his condition throughout the week.
2008 Week 13 vs HOU (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew totaled 41 of his 49 rushing yards during the first two quarters as he received only four attempts in the second half. The running back showed good effort on a second quarter, third and one carry when he broke three tackles and picked up a gain of 14. That punishing running style was on display again when Jones-Drew caught a short, fourth quarter pass and blasted his way through would be tacklers for a 16 yard pick up as he took the ball down to the Houston four yard line. The backup running back had a fumble in the first quarter that gave the Texans the ball at the Jaguars' 28 yards line. In addition to his work on offense, Jones-Drew averaged 15.5 yards on two kickoff returns.
2008 Week 14 vs CHI (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 47 / 1 rec)
Maurice Jones-Drew showed that he plays with pride. The season is long from over for him. He was pushing piles, breaking tackles, and running over defenders to get every yard he could. He even bounced Brian Urlacher on one play. It was an impressive performance on a day when he was not given much room to run. He was also the leading receiver on the day and the most targeted. On his first catch of the day he ran over and delivered the blow to Mike Brown. At the end of the third quarter Drew took a hard hit to the head. He was seen dazed and groggy afterward but he made it back in the game. Drew just looked like a machine all day.
2008 Week 15 vs GB (12 / 48 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec)
Jones-Drew played with great effort. In addition to running with power, he showed excellent change of direction skills, making defenders miss on a few occasions in tight space, including the short pass he caught then ran around some defenders to score his receiving touchdown. Jones-Drew displayed the power on his touchdown run, dragging a defender who hit him at the four yard line, into the end zone. Although he only had 12 carries, Jones-Drew turned in a very productive game.
2008 Week 16 vs IND (20 / 91 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)
Despite not getting into the end zone, Jones-Drew was enjoying a fantastic game with 162 total yards from scrimmage by the end of the game. But he was tackled awkwardly on his final reception of the game and remained on the ground injured. After the game, the injury was being referred to as a sprained knee, so we'll obviously update you throughout the week if/when any more news comes of it. In what could be promising or could be irrelevant, he was still on the field after the game congratulating members of the Colts for their win. As we've seen with the Tom Brady injury, being able to walk doesn't necessarily mean a player escaped major injury - but it's unquestionably better than being in the locker room or on crutches. As for his performance on-field prior to the injury, he looked phenomenal. The Jaguars offensive line was giving him some nice blocks early on, but he quickly proved that he didn't really need the blocking. He simply ran through guys. He consistently gave a strong second effort to come away with many more yards than he probably should have had. By the second half, he was just dominating on the ground as the Colts needed four or five players at a time just to slow him down let alone tackle him to the ground. He came close to scoring late in the third quarter, but fumbled the ball at the doorstep of the end zone. There was no reason to challenge the play since Jacksonville recovered the ball, but it did look as if Jones-Drew's arm was down prior to the ball coming loose. In any case, it was his third tough run in a row and he came out of the game in favor of Montell Owens. Owens took the next handoff up the middle and plunged into the end zone for the short touchdown.
2008 Week 17 vs BAL (23 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew got the bulk of the carries on the day and finished with 78 yards on 23 carries. His longest run from scrimmage was 23 yards. He ran tough, but was no match for an aggressive Ravens defense. Jones-Drew caught one ball out of the backfield for 10 yards. He fumbled twice losing one.
2007 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew, like Taylor, did not have many rushing attempts, but was able to display his explosiveness and speed a few times, including kickoffs. He was in the game for all of Jacksonville's goal line plays. Late in the game, he turned a short pass into a first down run of over 20 yards, but had the ball knocked out by a teammate as he was being tackled. Jones-Drew's productivity suffered from a lack of touches.
2007 Week 2 vs ATL (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew did not have many rushing attempts, but was able to display glimpses of his explosiveness and speed a few times, although he was unable to break free for any big gains. He powered through the first defender or spun away from one, but was tackled before he could generate a lot of momentum. Jones-Drew was the first option on a play designed for him to run down the sideline and catch a pass heading into the end zone, but a great play by the defender (defensive end John Abraham) to deflect the ball prevented his numbers from being better.
2007 Week 3 vs DEN (15 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran with power but was usually stymied before he could get past the line of scrimmage. However he did show his impressive speed and quickness on some of his kick-off returns, where he had some long returns. Jones-Drew was not usually brought down by the first tackler but Denver's defenders swarmed to him and a second defender usually tackled him before he could use his explosiveness. He did have the most red zone touches of any Jaguars player but was unable to score any touchdowns.
2007 Week 5 vs KC (9 / 82 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran with his usual blend of power and quickness, and managed to showcase those attributes several times. In addition to his 52 yard touchdown run, Jones-Drew gained a lot of yards after initial contact by either making defenders miss with his quickness, or driving through them, or a combination of both. The Chiefs usually had several defenders get to him quickly, which enabled them to prevent him from even bigger gains. Jones-Drew had five plays called for him inside the ten yard line and made it inside the five yard line each time, but was stopped short of the end zone.
2007 Week 6 vs HOU (12 / 125 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew began the season slowly but gained 125 yards on 12 carries, although 57 came on one touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also scored a touchdown on a seven yard run, caught four passes for 59 yards, and returned four kickoffs for another 79 yards.
2007 Week 7 vs IND (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew broke off a few nice runs, but he was also stopped for one yard or less on six occasions (though one was for a TD). On his TD run, it appeared at first that he fumbled the ball away, but replays confirmed the he broke the plane of the end zone before dropping the ball. Jones-Drew had only three pass targets, two of them coming in the final drive of the game.
2007 Week 8 vs TB (10 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran with power and quickness, but apart from a run of 21 yards that ended at the one yard line, was contained before he could break free for big gains. Although he was recovering from a knee injury, Jones-Drew still managed to not be brought down by the first person to tackle him. He seemed healthy although the team looked like they didn't want give him too much work.
2007 Week 9 vs NO (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran very effectively with the few touches he had, averaging over five yards per rush, over 15 yards on his two receptions and returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Gray missed him on the two targets that were incompletions, as he was open both times. A lack of touches hindered Jones-Drew's productivity.
2007 Week 10 vs TEN (19 / 101 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew showed his versatility in this game, showcasing his explosiveness, power and elusiveness several times running, catching and returning kicks. He showed a new wrinkle by running a deep pattern and getting by his defender, but the pass intended for him was off target. Jones-Drew was the ball carrier on two fourth and one rushing plays and was on the field for the majority of Jacksonville's red zone and goal-line plays.
2007 Week 11 vs SD (12 / 33 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The performance by Jones-Drew pretty well summed up why he is so well-respected within the NFL community. On a day when he didn't put up eye-popping stats, he showed a toughness and drive that goes well beyond the box score. Additionally, he managed to score a touchdown which saved his day for many a fantasy owner. On the touchdown series, he had previously been stuffed at the goal line both on first and second downs. On third down, he ran right into a pile of San Diego defenders but kept his legs churning. He bowled them over into the end zone for the score, which proved two things. 1 - Jones-Drew is an extremely powerful runner. 2 - The Jaguars will go back to him at the goal line time and again even if he doesn't automatically have success there right away. Perhaps the highlight of Jones-Drew's day came on a play where he didn't even touch the ball. On a play-action fake, San Diego star LB Shawne Merriman came up to lay a hit on Jones-Drew. Unfortunately for Merriman, the ball was still in the hands of QB David Garrard. The 5'7", 208 pound Jones-Drew laid out the 6'4" 272 pound Merriman with a vicious block that sent the linebacker sprawling backwards, a play which is sure to get plenty of airtime over the next week or so.
2007 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 10 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Bills managed to bottle up Jones-Drew until late in the game. He actually had negative yardage until there was 1:43 left in the game when he ran 17 yards for a touchdown against a defense that had just thrown in the towel. He finished with plus ten yards rushing to go with two pass receptions for another 16 yards. He also returned two kickoffs at a 26 yard average.
2007 Week 13 vs IND (11 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew ran hard at the Colts' defenders and seemed determined to bang out extra yards by using his power more than his quickness. He was featured on the goal line plays, and parlayed one of those carries into a score. Jones-Drew was not involved much in the passing game.
2007 Week 14 vs CAR (11 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew didn't do much at all in this game. He had 11 carries for just 24 yards. His best play was on fourth and two when he picked up 13 yards on a pass down to the Carolina 22 yard line. On the next play Garrard threw a touchdown to Williams. In the second quarter, he had a goal line opportunity from the two yard line but lost a yard. Jones-Drew caught two passes in the game for 21 yards.
2007 Week 15 vs PIT (12 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jacksonville went primarily with the hot Fred Taylor. However, Jones-Drew still chipped in with 69 yards on his 12 attempts. His biggest gains went for 17 and 20 yards on draw plays in third and long situations. Both runs were good for first downs. Jones-Drew also converted two fourth down and one runs. Like Fred Taylor, Jones-Drew also ran hard and broke tackles for extra yardage. Jones-Drew led the Jaguars in catches with five for 30 yards. He dropped a sure touchdown pass. On the next play, Garrard went right back to him, but he was stopped at the goal line. Jones-Drew averaged 18 yards on two kickoff returns.
2007 Week 16 vs OAK (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 96 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was at least as dangerous as Fred Taylor, racking up yardage on the ground and as a receiver. His four first half carries were all for first downs (one for a touchdown), and three of his catches were also for first downs, including one 43 yard gain. He was the Jags leading receiver on the day, in targets, yardage, and receptions.
2007 Week 18 vs PIT (8 / 29 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 43 / 1 rec)
Jones-Drew showed his value to the team Saturday night. He was effective in the run, pass, and kick return portions of the game. He blocked extremely well. He returned his first and only kickoff 96 yards to the Pittsburgh two. He caught a 43 yard touchdown pass tiptoeing down the sideline. He also ran for a touchdown. He only ran for 29 yards on eight attempts, though.
2007 Week 19 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew did not have many opportunities rushing the ball, but took advantage of his receiving opportunities to extend drives. While he ran hard and usually gained some extra yardage after initial contact, Jones-Drew was unable to have a big impact on the game.
2006 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew carried the ball three times for eight yards. He was also targeted twice but didn't catch either pass.
2006 Week 2 vs PIT (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was used to spell Fred Taylor. He ended the day with two carries and two receptions but was not much of a factor.
2006 Week 3 vs IND (13 / 103 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)
Jones-Drew had the best game of his young NFL career, rushing for over 100 yards, and catching all four passes thrown to him. He displayed great strength and elusiveness, using both traits to gain yards when it appeared he would be stopped, including the reception he turned into his first NFL touchdown. Jones-Drew also demonstrated tremendous explosiveness, turning several plays that began as runs up the middle, outside by evading then running by the Colts' defenders. He was also effective returning kickoffs.
2006 Week 4 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 53 / 1 rec)
Jones-Drew was not a factor running the ball, but showed his explosiveness on a play where he ran a route down the middle of the field, caught a pass from Leftwich and ran by Washington's defenders for a 51 yard touchdown. Apart from that play and a few kickoff returns where he showed an ability to get away from the first tackler, Jones-Drew's contributions were minimal. He was not featured much in the game as Leftwich focused more on his wide receivers and tight ends.
2006 Week 5 vs NYJ (13 / 59 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew averaged just over 4.5 yards on his 13 attempts. Jones-Drew ran hard, frequently breaking tackles and moving the pile. His second touchdown run was a four yard jaunt. Jones was hit three yards shy of the end zone, but kept his legs churning and carried the New York defense just far enough to break the plane of the end zone. Many of his yards gained came after initial contact. Jones-Drew was targeted twice unsuccessfully. He returned one kickoff for 20 yards.
2006 Week 7 vs HOU (8 / 10 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was not a factor running the ball, but was the most effective player in the passing game, turning short passes into positive yards on most of the passes thrown his way. Jones-Drew was the featured back during the only time the Jaguars were inside Houston's ten yard line, and he ran the ball three times, culminating with a touchdown run after a penalty on Houston kept the drive alive. He again showed his combination of elusiveness and power, as the first defender he encountered almost never brought him down. Jones-Drew was the running back on the vast majority of Jacksonville's third down plays.
2006 Week 8 vs PHI (21 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew had just nine yards on five carries in the first half, but what was more telling was his fumble on his third carry of the game. The Eagles seemed to strip the ball rather easily from his grip, and with blood in the water the sharks circled Jones-Drew for the rest of the day. On many occasions, he was barely able to hold on to the ball and keep it from popping out for a second time. Jones-Drew was used more as a receiver out of the backfield in the first half, catching three of five targets for a combined 20 yards. He was pressed into extra service as a runner when starting RB Fred Taylor left the game after falling hard on top of the ball in the third quarter. Jones-Drew, usually given a modest workload in most games anyway, delivered 68 yards on 16 carries for the second half.
2006 Week 9 vs TEN (8 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Although Jones-Drew did not have many touches, he showcased his rare combination of speed, power and quickness on a couple of plays where he turned a short pass into a 25 yard reception, and burst through the Titans' defense from his own two yard line for a 40 yard run. He was in the game on a series where Jacksonville had a first down at Tennessee's two yard line.
2006 Week 10 vs HOU (3 / 11 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew carried the ball three times for 11 yards including a three yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also lost a ten yard gain to a holding penalty. Jones-Drew caught passes of 18, six and 11 yards shortly before halftime. He had one 21 yard reception in the second half. Jones-Drew averaged 18 yards on three kickoff returns.
2006 Week 11 vs NYG (9 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew played a support role, relieving Fred Taylor when necessary. He was also preferred in short yardage situations. Jones-Drew converted a third down on his first carry of the game but only carried three times in the first half. He saw more work in the second half as the Jaguars continued to dominate possession. Jones-Drew scored on a three yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars a 13 point lead. He caught two of his three targets for a total of 16 yards and averaged five yards per carry.
2006 Week 12 vs BUF (8 / 78 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew played very well, and had another very productive game. Once again he displayed great strength and elusiveness, using both traits to gain yards when it appeared he would be stopped. In addition, Jones-Drew also demonstrated tremendous explosiveness, turning several plays that appeared to be for minimal gains into significant gains by blowing by defenders with a combination of speed and superior change of direction skills. He remained in the game for stretches at a time and has evolved into a very important part of the Jaguars offense, staying in the game for entire series at a time, including some that were in the red zone.
2006 Week 13 vs MIA (5 / 46 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Taylor saw most of the carries, and Jones-Drew only had five carries in the game; he scored a 32 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 14 vs IND (15 / 166 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew was electrifying. He scored three times, and on those runs as well as other times he had the ball in his hand, made defenders miss, ran through tackles, and ran by would-be tacklers. Jones-Drew proved to be close to impossible to be stopped by the first defender, and ran with great explosion throughout the game. He hit holes hard, but seemed to know when to do so, giving his blockers enough time to make their initial blocks, then used his explosiveness to break through the line of scrimmage.
2006 Week 15 vs TEN (25 / 98 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jones-Drew replaced Taylor as the primary running back because of an injury to Taylor, and proved to be up to the challenge. He ran more with power than with finesse, and again proved difficult for one tackler to stop him. While he did not appear to tire, he may have compensated for the extra workload by running hard at the defenders instead of trying to run around and by them in the second half. Jones-Drew had a very good all-around game, and continued to be on the field when the Jaguars were in scoring position.
2006 Week 16 vs NE (19 / 131 / 2 rush, 9 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)
With Fred Taylor inactive due to a hamstring injury, Jones-Drew was the Jaguars' primary running threat. He was also effective as a receiver and gave the Jaguars their opening first down with an 11 yard reception. Jones-Drew showed great awareness on the Jaguars' third possession. He hit the ground at the line of scrimmage and appeared to be stopped, but he was not touched by any New England player. He quickly recovered and broke two tackles before running 74 yards to the end zone. The play was reviewed and showed that Jones-Drew was untouched, so the score stood. He caught all five of his first half targets for a total of 32 yards, and had over 100 yards on the ground. In the second half, Jones-Drew saw less action as the Jaguars were forced to throw more. He only added a further 25 yards rushing from nine carries, but he did score a second touchdown with a one yard run. He was targeted three times in the passing game in the half, catching one for a nine yard gain.
2006 Week 17 vs KC (12 / 46 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Rookie Jones-Drew has become the all around yardage threat for Jacksonville. He returns kickoffs, is a favorite receiving target and now appears to be the top rusher for the Jaguars. His rushing yards were limited to 46, with one TD, and his receiving yards were held to 16 on four receptions, but he accounted for 142 yards returning kick offs, which netted him 204 all purpose yards for the game. He should be a strong force next year.