Maurice Jones-Drew of the Oakland Raiders has been selected as the 1st-team running back ahead of former starting running back Darren McFadden. At practice, Jones-Drew has proven to be the man he was from 2009-2011 when he ran for 4,321 yards with 28 touchdowns, and that is why he was chosen as the number one back.
As reported on Tuesday, the Raiders have decided to have Jones-Drew lead from the back field. However, it was mentioned that McFadden will still get plenty of touches as well.
In the end, it sounded like it was more of a dual running back team when the Raiders take on their opponents this season. Still, MJD took the cake. Also, offensive coordinator Greg Olson was impressed with Jones-Drew short height but hefty weight, which is a huge advantage for MJD.
It was also mentioned that Darren McFadden will be used for passing plays, as McFadden has an excellent arm, and for the perimeter game. McFadden is a master when going wide and suddenly breaking speed through the outside.
Surely enough, the Raiders will have surprises when using both running backs, instead of using each one strictly for obvious talents in which defenses will be expecting. Whatever the plan is, Maurice Jones-Drew was elected to be with the 1st team, and McFadden will be used to fill in for certain plays.
It was also reported that MJD was motivated with the competition he has with Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew has stated that it is making him work harder than usual and has to stay on top in order to be the starter.
On Friday, the Oakland Raiders open their preseason against the Vikings in Minnesota. The Vikings are favorites to win the game since they are at home. However, Maurice Jones-Drew will have his chance to prove who he is as a running back. Hopefully, things will work out for the ex-Jaguar running back and prove that he is worthy of starting.