RB - FA
Week 8 Outlook
After playing nine seasons in the NFL, eight with Jacksonville and the last with Oakland, Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement through Twitter. The three-time Pro Bowler led the league in rushing in 2011.
With the release of Darren McFadden and the retirement news of MJD, the Raiders currently have one running back on the roster, Latavius Murray. The size/speed combo of Murray combined with the up-tempo spread attack of Bill Musgrave portends great things for Murray next year. Before we anoint him the next fantasy stud, we must wait to see what GM McKenzie does to address the position in free agency and the draft.
Maurice Jones-Drew did not see any action during the Raiders blowout loss to the Denver Broncos.
The Raiders inexplicably signed MJD to a three-year $7.5 million contract in the offseason. It's safe to say that he will not be in a Raiders uniform next year. He rushed for a total of 96 yards the whole year.
Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 5 times for 21 yards against the Rams. He actually looked the best out of the bunch with a 13 yard run where he broke a tackle. He also chipped in with 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Why he still gets carries I have no idea. He did look decent on Sunday but that might be because DMC saw most of the action. Too bad the year is 2014 and not 2007.
MJD only touched the ball three times for six yards in Oakland's 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Right now MJD is clearly playing second fiddle to McFadden, who had 18 touches for 56 total yards and a touchdown. Jones-Drew should not be in any starting lineups. He does still deserve to be on rosters, however, just for the fact that Oakland's backfield is still quite shaky.
Jones-Drew (hand) carried the ball twice for one yard to go along with two catches for two yards in Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Dolphins in London.
His light workload was somewhat expected with Darren McFadden healthy and Oakland's Week-5 bye right around the corner. It's likely we will see a split timeshare when they return to action in Week 6 against San Diego.