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MJD on joining Raiders: They’re giving me a chance to compete

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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t going to be making nearly as much money as a Raider as he was when he was with the Jaguars, but he will get a chance to do something that other teams weren’t offering him this offseason.

He’ll get a chance to compete for playing time, something he told Adam Schein of Mad Dog Sports Radio that he wasn’t going to be given if he signed with some of the other teams that he spoke to before signing with Oakland. Jones-Drew said he narrowed that list of teams down to the Raiders, Patriots and Steelers and that he made his ultimate choice because of the opportunity to battle for carries with Darren McFadden.

“On the field, they’re going to give me a chance to compete,” Jones-Drew said. “A lot of teams had already kinda conceded that I didn’t have anything left and all these different questions they may have had. Oakland’s going to give me a chance. And they gave me a deal that shows that with incentives.”

Jones-Drew also spoke highly and hyperbolically about the team’s other offseason acquisitions, particularly when he said quarterback Matt Schaub can “definitely” lead the team to a Super Bowl. That’s not going to be a particularly popular opinion, although it doesn’t seem like that was necessarily Jones-Drew’s top priority for his 2014 home anyway.

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24 Responses to “MJD on joining Raiders: They’re giving me a chance to compete”
  1. radrntn says: Apr 2, 2014 4:41 PM

    Go Raiders 2014!

  2. nygmann says: Apr 2, 2014 4:44 PM

    With Tuck, Schaub and now MJD as well as few other UFA I can’t recall, the Raiders will either be the biggest surprise of 2014 and become a playoff team or this will be the biggest, colossal disaster in the making.

  3. grimreaper12 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:47 PM

    ” The retirement home. ”

    …MJD leaving a team that never wins, to another franchise that never wins. At least he’s use to losing.

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:51 PM

    MJD – there giving me a chance to compete for ”worst team of the year” along with jags, browns, eagles, redskins.

  5. bobby2478 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:59 PM

    It’s too early to write off Schaub and MJD. They were both stuck on trainwrecks of teams last year, and only 1-2 years ago both were dominant. I’m not willing to say they are both washed up and can’t be meaningful contributors.

    Now if they can’t turn their performance around this year in Oak, then I’ll be willing to agree that they are done. But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove me wrong.

  6. madmikepromo says: Apr 2, 2014 5:06 PM

    I never thought I’d hear MJD say the Raiders are giving him a chance to compete. He was once a great back. Injuries have done him in

  7. afcdomination says: Apr 2, 2014 5:20 PM

    AFC West becoming arguably the most interesting division in football. Oakland made the smart move to dump players and free up room and now have what looks like a competitive team for the next couple years. KC is loaded with talent and Alex Smith/Andy Reid are good for 8 wins, maybe more. Denver is Denver, with Peyton and that stacked squad, and San Diego has a strong offense with a revitalized rivers. Denver wins the division, but the rest of the group is going to beat the heck out of each other

  8. jaxbeachjagfan says: Apr 2, 2014 5:38 PM

    MJD wants to be on the field. He knows McFadden is just waiting to tweak something. It’s the team he loved as a kid, I wish him well.

  9. p4hbiz says: Apr 2, 2014 5:55 PM

    He’ll be starting by week 4

  10. vicnocal says: Apr 2, 2014 5:58 PM

    Admittedly, I haven’t been paying close attention to the Jaguars, but didn’t this guy lead the league in rushing like 2 or 3 years ago?
    And now he’s struggling to find a team that will just give him a chance to “compete” for playing time? What happened?

  11. tim3711 says: Apr 2, 2014 6:24 PM

    He hates winning.

  12. p4hbiz says: Apr 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    With steady QB play we can squeeze out 9 wins this year.

  13. fordmandalay says: Apr 2, 2014 6:42 PM

    The only way Schaub can lead them to the Super Bowl is if he’s driving the tour bus.

  14. dacapt704 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:20 PM

    Translation “I know McFadden will be hurt before October”

  15. pantherpro says: Apr 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    What a joke. Nobody wanted him but Oaktown

  16. Robert says: Apr 2, 2014 8:50 PM

    Translation: Nobody else wanted to come here and were to cheap to get a big name.

  17. mrneto72 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:54 PM

    GO RAIDERS! !!

  18. aagro12 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:55 PM

    MJD could have easily been the MVP a couple of years ago. He was the leading rusher in the NFL on a very bad Jags team. There was never a down when the opposing defense didn’t start their keys with MoJo.

    I wish him the best with his redemption in Oak-town

  19. vegasgreek says: Apr 2, 2014 9:36 PM

    Raiders should sign CJ2K ! Run to win !

  20. raidersownyou says: Apr 3, 2014 12:04 AM

    MJD will have a solid year. Watch out for the Raiders, NFL.

  21. sellie69 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:14 AM

    Dream Team

  22. jukeboxhero101 says: Apr 3, 2014 5:29 AM

    good signing by the raiders. positive guy who just wants to compete and play football. thank you for coming to Oakland MJD

  23. denverdude7 says: Apr 3, 2014 4:51 PM

    All the Raiders are offering is continued service on a piss-poor losing team.

  24. anhdazman says: Apr 3, 2014 8:04 PM

    I’d like for Oakland to grab Sammy Watkins to make this offense dangerous.

    Adding Kalil Mack would definitely put some bang back into this defense.

    But the biggest need might be at OT. That’s why if Robinson or Matthews is around, Oakland might need to grab them for RT because Watson hasn’t proven anything yet. Furthermore, Penn at LT is not a sure thing either. It all starts at the OL. Get holes for MJD and McFadden. Keep Schaub upright.

    It’s a deep WR draft so Oakland could still grab a WR in the 2nd or 3rd round.

    Also likely that both Mack and Watkins could already be gone by the time Oakland comes up at #5. See if Minnesota is desperate for a QB and wants to trade up. Drop back to #8, grab additional picks and one of the top 2 OT.

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