Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew To Sign with Oakland Raiders, Leaves Jacksonville an All-Time Great


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.

 

-Daniel Lago

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