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MJD: No reason Darren McFadden and I can’t be one of the best duos in league

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When Maurice Jones-Drew was making the free agent rounds this offseason, he found teams that wanted him to serve as a mentor for younger backs on their roster.

Jones-Drew told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he was almost sold on that role by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin before changing his mind and signing with the Raiders in hopes of playing a larger on-field role. How big his role will be in Oakland will be somewhat dependent on Darren McFadden as the two players will likely be splitting carries. However that split works out, Jones-Drew thinks it has the potential to be a fruitful partnership.

“But first, we’re going to compete,” Jones-Drew said. “Let’s see if someone can win the job. I expect us both to be better coming out of training camp because of that competition. It’s going to be fun. There’s no reason we can’t be one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.”

He said that his foot feels “phenomenal” one year after surgery and that his goal for 2014 is to show that he’s still the explosive runner he was earlier in his career. If he realizes that goal and McFadden is healthy, it would be quite a 1-2 punch. Two big ifs, to be sure, but vital ones for the Raiders offense.

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27 Responses to “MJD: No reason Darren McFadden and I can’t be one of the best duos in league”
  1. jjb0811 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:58 AM

    2 RB’s both with feet problems, only the Raiders!

  2. titansbro says: Apr 23, 2014 8:59 AM

    i can think of a reason, you’re old & washed up & he will pull a hammy reaching down to wash his feet in the shower.

  3. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2014 9:08 AM

    The Raiders are going to run it down the throats of the whole AFC West.

  4. r8rsfan says: Apr 23, 2014 9:11 AM

    DMC has always been the clear #1 back, will be interesting to see how he responds to the challenge of competing for carries. Can’t see it being a bad thing.

  5. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 23, 2014 9:11 AM

    On paper it really is a deadly duo. Both are really fast, can run inside or outside, and are threats in the passing game.
    The issue with MJD is how much hes got left. The issue Run DMC is can he stay healthy and “figure it out”. Srsly McFadden still has potential, he hasnt lost much or any athleticism.

  6. snowdood163 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:12 AM

    MJD: No reason Darren McFadden and I can’t be one of the best duos in league

    Yeah, other than you’re too old and he’s injury prone. This team is starting to act just like their fan base-talk a whole lot in the off season.

  7. girthhammer says: Apr 23, 2014 9:13 AM

    There are actually 2 reasons they can’t be one of the best duos in the league: MJD and DMC

  8. snowdood163 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:14 AM

    joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2014 9:08 AM

    The Raiders are going to run it down the throats of the whole AFC West.
    —————-
    They’re definitely gonna try their little injury prone, over the hill hearts out there Joey, but the Broncos welcome it. 6-10. 15 years w/out a winning record.

  9. dartmouthstevens says: Apr 23, 2014 9:21 AM

    There is no one reason you two can not be the best duo in the league. There is two. My favorite college player is injury prone and you are over the hill.

  10. youtubeingravenvids says: Apr 23, 2014 9:26 AM

    Not a Raiders fan, but I really hope Run DMC can stay healthy this season.

  11. realskipbayless says: Apr 23, 2014 9:28 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Apr 23, 2014 9:08 AM
    The Raiders are going to run it down the throats of the whole AFC West.

    After reading all those smack talking posts you’ve had against my fav team (bengals) and all the others teams just to find out you are a faders fan HAHAHAHAHAHA.

  12. kneelbeforesod says: Apr 23, 2014 9:33 AM

    I honestly had already forgotten that MJD signed with Oakland.

  13. rayguyreturns says: Apr 23, 2014 9:53 AM

    We heard a similar boast from MeAngelo “toast” Hall when he teamed with Nmamdi. He predicted they would be the top cover corners in the league. He lasted 8 games (about 8 too many).
    Save the talk and PLAY. As Raider fans we’re ready for results.

  14. madroaddog says: Apr 23, 2014 9:55 AM

    Great attitude, hopefully another building block in their return to greatness.

  15. toybkshr says: Apr 23, 2014 10:00 AM

    Yeah, there are reasons. Highly unlikely McFadden will be health for anywhere near 16 games, and MJD has to show that <4 ypc was an aberation and not that he's in decline, which I think he is.

  16. vegasgreek says: Apr 23, 2014 10:11 AM

    Raiders should move Taiwan Jones back to RB because he can flat out fly. Latavius Maurray is big and fast too. Marcel Reece is the best FB in the NFL. Collectively they can run for 1800+ yds easily .

  17. whynotusecommonsense says: Apr 23, 2014 10:14 AM

    I love the over the hill comments about MJD. He’s the same age as AP.

  18. slick50ks says: Apr 23, 2014 10:32 AM

    Always preseason champs!

    Always.

  19. ahs2 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:47 AM

    MJD: No reason Darren McFadden and I can’t be one of the best duos in league

    There are two reasons: Reggie Bush & Joique Bell

  20. djshnooks says: Apr 23, 2014 10:48 AM

    Long ways to go before you can even carry CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson’s jock.

  21. somethingsmellsrotten says: Apr 23, 2014 10:48 AM

    Hey snowdood163…43-8. Enough said.

  22. sd619tripleog says: Apr 23, 2014 10:49 AM

    This reminds me of an Aerosmith song

  23. El Pollo Loco says: Apr 23, 2014 11:00 AM

    Does Nike make a walking boot?Maybe those two an endorse them

  24. stupadassle26 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:13 AM

    We got the French connection… Le’veon and LeGarrett.

  25. mrpeary3189 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:30 AM

    Except for, you know, the fact that Run-DMC can’t stay on the field.

  26. ohnoflorio says: Apr 23, 2014 12:38 PM

    Too bad Ivory & CJ are on that same team or else that might be true

  27. nativeraider says: Apr 23, 2014 8:04 PM

    Too many RBs in one backfield. RUN DMC, MJD, Latavius, Sheets and JStew.

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