Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 2 Days
Jones-Drew had just three carries for six yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona. He was not targeted as a pass catcher.
Jones-Drew has clearly fallen to No. 2 in the Raiders' backfield, as Darren McFadden had 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Thus, it's going to take an injury or an extended period of poor play from McFadden for Jones-Drew to get a heavy workload.
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Jones-Drew rushed for 30 yards on four carries and hauled in his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Chargers.
While the 7.5 yards-per-carry average looks nice, the five touches were disappointing for Jones-Drew owners, after interim coach Tony Sparano said earlier in the week that he intended to increase the 29-year-old's role. Darren McFadden carried the ball 14 times Sunday, rushing for season-high 80 yards, and it seems Jones-Drew will have to continue playing second fiddle for the time being.
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Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants Jones-Drew to take on a larger role, ESPN.com reports. "I'd like [Jones-Drew] to take a little bit greater role, maybe get some snaps off of [Darren McFadden]," Sparano said. "If we could, keep them both fresh that way, but we also have got to be running the football and doing some things that way too."
Jones-Drew touched the ball just four times in Week 4, in his first game back from a hand injury, but it sounds like Sparano is intent on returning to a relatively even timeshare with Jones-Drew and McFadden. While the two backs have combined to total just 163 yards on 56 carries so far this season (2.9 YPC), Sparano seems inclined to continue riding the veterans, rather than give 24-year-old Latavius Murray or Marcel Reece additional opportunities.
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Jones-Drew (hand) had two carries for one rushing yard and two catches on two targets for two receiving yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
Jones-Drew was the starter in Week 1 but missed the last two games with a hand injury. His return to the field did not mean a return to the lead running back position, as Darren McFadden finished with 11 carries for 40 rushing yards and four catches for 32 receiving yards. The Raiders are on bye in Week 5, and it's certainly possible that the two could share the workload when they return in Week 6 against the Chargers.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 24 Days2 Comments
Jones-Drew (hand) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
While Jones-Drew is back in action Sunday, what his workload might be remains to be seen, given that coach Dennis Allen indicated that Darren McFadden would be in line to start Sunday's game based on the work he has been able to put in over the past two weeks while Jones-Drew was hurting. While a time-share could develop as Sunday's game progresses, Jones-Drew is not a high-percentage play until he reestablishes his position in the Oakland backfield.
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Jones-Drew participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, ibabuzz.com reports.
It looks like we'll see Jones-Drew back in Week 4, though what his his workload might be remains to be seen, given that coach Dennis Allen suggested that Darren McFadden would likely remain the team's primary back Sunday based on the work he has been able to put in over the past two weeks while Jones-Drew was banged up. A time-share of some form seems likely, in any case.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 27 Days3 Comments
Jones-Drew (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.
Jones-Drew, for the first time since Week 1, was able to get in a full practice session, which puts him on track to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The Raiders have not said how the backfield work will be distributed with Jones-Drew back, but he opened the year as the starting running back and seems likely reclaim that role if he is active Sunday.
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Jones-Drew (hand) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Jones-Drew said earlier in the day that he expects to suit up for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Dolphins, saying "It's not up to me but I feel like I'll be able to play." Despite logging a pair of limited practices last week, Jones-Drew was held out of the team's loss to the Patriots, but he appears on track to return from his two-game absence Sunday, so long as he avoids a setback with the surgically-repaired hand. If he does get the green light from the training staff, Jones-Drew should see the majority of the touches against Miami's 20th ranked run defense, though Darren McFadden will likely remain involved.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 28 Days1 Comment
Jones-Drew (hand) expects to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, NFL.com reports.
Jones-Drew has missed Oakland's past two games after undergoing hand surgery, but returned to practice last week and asserts he's now ready for game action. At the moment, the Raiders rank second-last in rushing with merely 64.3 yards per contest. Should Jones-Drew indeed suit up for Sunday's game in London, he would likely share carries with Darren McFadden, as the Raiders seek their first win of this season.
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Jones-Drew (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.�
With Jones-Drew still out, look for Darren McFadden and perhaps Latavius Murray and fullback Marcel Reece, to a lesser degree, to handle the Raiders' Week 3 rushing attack.