The San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur predicts that Maurice Jones-Drew will supplant Darren McFadden as the Oakland Raiders’ featured running back this season.
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.
A three-time All-Pro who captured the 2011 NFL rushing crown, MJD also caught 43 balls for 314 yards.
The Jaguars went 4-12 and owned the league’s most inept offense.
Hence, it’s apparent that Jones-Drew’s substandard numbers are misleading.
Meanwhile, equally as rudderless as Jacksonville, the Raiders finished in the basement of the AFC West and fielded the 24th ranked attack.
Fortunately for “America’s Most Wanted,” Jones-Drew and McFadden should team to create an explosive backfield.
McFadden’s a human chandelier who is incapable of being Oakland’s lone carrier.
However, with Jones-Drew accepting the bulk of work, DMC could remain healthy for the first time since debuting as a professional in 2008.
Ultimately, regardless of how the Raiders develop as a unit, expect Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden to become a menacing duo on the gridiron this autumn.by