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Maurice Jones-Drew picked Raiders because they offered him an opportunity to ‘compete and play’


The Oakland Raiders have been spending freely in free agency this offseason. One of their signings is Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

The former Jaguars back had an interesting reason for choosing the Raiders.

From the Contra Costa Times:

“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.”

It is hard to believe that Jones-Drew needed to go somewhere that offered him the opportunity to compete. He just turned 29, but this is a running back who rushed for over 1,600 yards with the Jaguars. he hasn’t been of that form lately and rushed for 803 yards on 234 carries. In 2012, he rushed for 414 yards on 86 carries.

Tags: Oakland Raiders

  • Jose Espinosa

    I hope he does well

    • art

      Jose he was the main back in jville so he carried the team. So now in Oakland he will share the load with dc and I think they both will benefit!! Go raiders!!

      • Jose Espinosa

        Yup. I feel good and go raiders all the way.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    He will bounce that little stubby fast body of his back on track!

  • Mike_Trail

    All MJD has to do is stay healthy and he will be the starter. RUNDMC is the defacto starter at RB for the Raiders…but he will either be injured in Camp, or injured by the 2nd game of the season. Either way MJD will end up starting. Its great tho that the Raiders finally have some depth and have two starting caliber RB’s on the team. Always liked Mr. Mojo Risin…