As almost everyone expected, Maurice Jones-Drew officially left the Jacksonville Jaguars when he agreed to sign with the Oakland Raiders Thursday night. While it’s not exactly a shock, it’s still worth mentioning and it’s certainly worth the time needed to address MJD’s overall legacy in Jacksonville.
Jones-Drew leaves the Jaguars with some pretty impressive numbers in teal:
- 8,071 yards rushing
- 68 rushing touchdowns
- 2,873 yards receiving
- 11 receiving touchdowns
- 2011 single season NFL rushing title
- Jacksonville Jaguars franchise record rushing yards in a season (1,606)
- First team All-Pro 2011
- All time franchise leader in touchdowns
Jones-Drew came into Jacksonville as a backup to Fred Taylor, and he took over the reigns when Taylor was let go. MJD is by far the most nationally recognizable player in franchise history despite playing on a losing team for most of the latter part of his career.
Jones-Drew was arguably the best player on the field in the Jaguars’ lone playoff win since 1999, and he single-handedly carried an offense bereft of passable quarterback play for the past 3 years.
We’ll spend a lot more time talking about Jones-Drew when he actually retires, but he’s without a doubt one of the top 5 players in Jacksonville Jaguars history. Best of luck to him in Oakland.
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