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Monday, October 15, 2018

Articles tagged: Maurice Jones-Drew

MJD: Le’Veon Bell was disappointed Steelers teammates discussed his contract

One of the common axioms among professional athletes is that you don’t mess with another player’s contract situation. Some members of the Pittsburgh Steelers violated that often unspoken rule last week, which apparently disappointed Le’Veon Bell.

Appearing on the “Dave Dameshek Football Podcast” this week, former running back-turned-analyst Maurice Jones-Drew said he spoke with Bell, who shared that he was disappointed by what his teammates did.

“[Bell] said to me ‘people think that I don’t like Pittsburgh, I don’t like James Conner, I don’t like these guys,'” Jones-Drew said, as transcribed by NFL.com. “He was like yes, I was disappointed they went out and spoke about my contract, understandably so. He was like, but I still want them to do well, they’re still guys that I work with and guys that I’ve put in this extra work with — blood, sweat and tears like I still want them to do well.”

The situation has become ugly for many involved.

Bell was franchise-tagged by the Steelers but has not signed his tender for 2018. He would be paid around $14.5 million this season if he were to sign his tender. Instead, Bell has not been playing as part of a plan to seemingly protect his value ahead of free agency. Bell just needs to report to the team by Week 10 in order to accrue a year towards free agency.

The Steelers have been practicing without Bell and are now playing without him, instead using James Conner as their starter. One particular issue that seems to be bothering the team — and players — is the uncertainty; Bell has not informed them of his plans, which leaves them in the dark and seems to be at the root of their complaints.

Maurice Jones-Drew cracks joke after someone drafts him in fantasy

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Maurice Jones-Drew officially tied a bow on his NFL career back in March, but at least one fantasy football team owner believes the 30-year-old still has a lot to offer.

On Sunday, Jones-Drew had a great response to a Twitter follower who said he drafted the former Jacksonville Jaguars back in all of his leagues.


Jones-Drew’s best season was in 2011, when he rushed for 1,606 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. That was also his last season over 1,000 or more yards, as he carried the ball just 43 times for 96 yards — an average of 2.2 yards per carry — in a one-year stint with the Oakland Raiders last season. The most notable thing he did was make this political gesture on the field.

If that guy really did draft MJD in his leagues, he must like wasting bench space.

Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement from NFL

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Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday by posting a message on Twitter saying that “all good things come to an end.”

In his note on the matter, Jones-Drew called his 9-year playing career an “amazing” time and said he is looking forward to the next chapter of his life.

Jones-Drew went from starting his career splitting carries with Fred Taylor in Jacksonville to becoming one of the best backs in the league. The No. 60 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Jones-Drew played with a chip on his shoulder and wanted to prove those who doubted him for his talent or size wrong. He was successful in doing so.

Jones-Drew 4.4 yards per carry during his career, leading the league with 344 carries and 1,606 rushing yards in his All-Pro season in 2011. His peak as a player came from 2009-2011, when he averaged 1,440 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, 355 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns per season. He was named to the Pro Bowl all three seasons.

Hampered by injuries, Jones-Drew was let go by the Jags and played last season with the Raiders. He was no longer the same player and only rushed for 96 yards on 43 carries.

Jones-Drew scored 81 touchdowns during his playing career — 68 rushing, 11 receiving, and two on kickoff returns. He is the Jaguars’ second-leading all-time rusher and first in franchise history in rushing touchdowns. Pro-Football-Reference says Earl Campbell, Shaun Alexander, Mike Garrett, Brian Westbrook, Matt Forte, Clinton Portis, Eddie George and Marshawn Lynch are among the players who have had the most similar playing careers to Jones-Drew. That’s not bad company at all.

This is also a sad day for me personally. Jones-Drew was the best college player I saw during my days at UCLA.


Maurice Jones-Drew makes ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture after scoring touchdown (Video)

In the wake of the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, numerous protests have been staged. The incident has become front-page news, drawing attention from across the United States and other parts of the world.

mjd-hands-up-celebrationIn the sports world, we have seen the St. Louis Rams provide free tickets to the football teams at three Ferguson area high schools for the Rams’ second preseason game. Washington Redskins players have also shown support, making the now famous “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that has become synonymous with protests in around Ferguson, Mo., during introductions.

On Friday, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew took the opportunity to make the same gesture after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, shown in the above video.

As seen over the years, sports continues to be a powerful medium for the support of social causes.

H/T BlackSportsOnline

Maurice Jones-Drew says teammate almost didn’t block for him to beat him in fantasy

Maurice Jones-DrewIf you think you and your friends take fantasy football too seriously, just wait until you hear this story.

During an interview with Evan Cohen and Steve Phillips on “Evan and Phillips in the Morning” on Mad Dog Radio SiriusXM 86 on Wednesday, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew shared a story about how one of his teammates nearly didn’t block for him on a play because the two were competing in fantasy football that week. Seriously.

“Greg Jones — see he’s not on the team anymore — perfect example: I was playing against him [in fantasy]. And we have our equipment guys keep us up on [the fantasy scores] during games. You know who you have and you see when you’re not on the field obviously but … I think if I scored, I was going to [beat Jones].

“We got onto the 1-yard line, and they were like, ‘We better call this run play.’ I’m like, ‘Greg, don’t do it.’ And he looked at me and he winked. And I was like ‘Greg.’ It’s not time to play. This is bigger than [winning in fantasy]. Let’s not do this.”

Asked what the wink meant, MJD answered, “[Jones] wasn’t going to block the guy!”

Would an NFL player really miss a block on purpose and sabotage his real team to beat a teammate in fantasy football? We highly doubt that would happen. But we do know guys have admitted missing blocks on purpose for even worse reasons, so you really can’t rule anything out.

UPDATE: MJD later said on Twitter that he was joking with the story — which is what most people figured.

You can listen to the audio of his appearance here.

Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew have bigger roles than expected in opener

Almost every fantasy football “expert” you asked on Sunday would have told you to bench both Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew if you had other options. The star backs were not expected to receive a full workload as Peterson is still recovering from ACL surgery and Jones-Drew missed the entire offseason while holding out. If what they saw wasn’t a full load, it was pretty damn close.

Jones-Drew had a decent day from a fantasy standpoint as he had 22 touches for 99 total yards. He failed to find the endzone and it may not have been what we’re used to, but it was far more than expected from someone who was supposed to be out of shape. Peterson, on the other hand, is obviously a freak of nature.


Adrian Peterson: Jaguars ‘would have been terrible’ without Maurice Jones-Drew

With Week 1 of the NFL season already upon us, two of the league’s top runners are facing an uphill battle to get back into shape. Maurice Jones-Drew missed all of Jaguars training camp while holding out for a new deal, but he returned over the weekend without one. Adrian Peterson has been trying to make a rapid recovery from major knee surgery. While the Jaguars stood strong and refused to give Jones-Drew a new deal, it’s clear that Peterson feels the team was playing with fire in doing so.

“Look at Jones-Drew,” Peterson said according to 1500ESPN.com. “He was their whole offense last year. So, without him, theĀ Jaguars would have been terrible just to be honest.”

Jones-Drew was the NFL’s leading rusher last season, and Peterson credited him with keeping Jacksonville from being worse than 5-11 — which isn’t exactly an amazing accomplishment. The Jaguars were terrible without him last year and most expect them to be terrible again this season regardless.

Last year’s lack of success is what gave the Jaguars so much leverage with MJD this offseason. The team had to have known he wouldn’t hold out forever, and they figured Rashad Jennings would be an ample replacement if he missed any regular season time. Jones-Drew is one of the most talented backs in the league, but unfortunately for him he’s on a horrible team. Teams who win five games with their star players don’t tend to fret when they hold out as much as playoff teams do. How much worse can it get?

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