It was reported on Friday morning that Jones-Drew signed with Oakland after meeting with general manager Reggie McKenzie on Thursday night.
Jones-Drew, at one point, was considered to be one of the best running backs in the NFL league. Even when he was not rated in top, he still managed to hold his own in Jacksonville.
Maurice Jones-Drew, in his eight-year career, managed to get three seasons in which he went over 1,000 yards in rushing. In 2011, his career high, he accomplished 1,606 yards.
Last year with the Jaguars, Jones-Drew played in 15 games and rushed for 803 yards. Not bad after coming back from a season-ending, Lisfranc injury in 2012.
The fact that he was gravely injured in 2012 and playing for unproductive team like the Jaguars, his status as a great running back was somewhat hindered.
Now, with the revamped Oakland Raiders, Jones-Drew has a good chance to bring back his status as one of the best.
It is speculated that Jones-Drew might get the starting position, and really should, since he did sign for three years and has had a better career than injury-prone Darren McFadden.
This move by McKenzie was smart for the Oakland Raiders, because the team was able to stay with two good running backs, as long as McFadden stays healthy.
Additionally and hopefully, the Raiders, with Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, and the new O-line, might have a better chance to apply the running game better than last season.