Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is “considering using” Maurice Jones-Drew on punt returns.
To complement the fragile Darren McFadden, Oakland added the 29-year-old Jones-Drew to their roster on March 28.
Jones-Drew, who performed with a surgically repaired foot and battled a balky hamstring, rushed 234 times for 803 yards and five touchdowns over 15 games as a Jacksonville Jaguar in 2013.
A three-time All-Pro who captured the 2011 NFL rushing crown, the past Bruin also caught 43 balls for 314 yards.
Jacksonville went 4-12 and owned the league’s most inept offense.
Therefore, Jones-Drew’s substandard stats may be misleading.
Still, Jones-Drew is graying and he looked somewhat sluggish in the open field last season.
Considering the 26-year-old McFadden is a human chandelier who will inevitably get injured this autumn, Allen should be more cautious with Jones-Drew.
Oakland is removed from finishing in the basement of the AFC West and fielding the 24th ranked attack.
Fortunately for Raiders fans, Jones-Drew and McFadden could pair to create a potent backfield.
Football is a collision sport and it’s unfair to criticize a player for getting hurt.
Nevertheless, McFadden is brittle and Jones-Drew will ultimately become Oakland’s primary runner.
Accordingly, although sensible in spirit, Dennis Allen shouldn’t allow Maurice Jones-Drew to compete on special teams.by