As of Friday afternoon, Maurice Jones-Drew is officially a member of the Oakland Raiders as he looks to re-vitalize the remainder of his NFL career by helping the Oakland offense, in particular his new backfield mate, Darren McFadden.
Now you would think that with their contrasting running styles, Jones-Drew and McFadden would be a great one-two punch behind the quarterback. But on NFL Total Access Friday, in talking about his new home, Jones-Drew came right out and stated that he’s ready to compete with McFadden for that starting spot.
“We get an opportunity to compete,” Jones-Drew said on Friday’s edition of “NFL Total Access.”
Now, this still doesn’t rule out the possibility that a lot of packages will be thrown together with the two together in the backfield, and Raiders head coach Dennis Allen would be silly to do otherwise.
But it seems that we’re headed for a summer of two veteran running backs, both of whom have had their issues in the past staying healthy, battling it out for the starting running back position on the bay.