Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew

Former All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew joined NFL Media in August 2015. Jones-Drew serves as an analyst on NFL Now, the League's next-generation video service, as well as NFL Network shows such as NFL Fantasy Live, The Top 100 Players and Madden NFL Live.

Jones-Drew retired in March 2015 after nine seasons in the NFL in which he amassed 8,167 rushing yards and 81 total touchdowns in his career. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Jones-Drew spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and holds the franchise record for single-season rushing yards (1,606 in 2011) and total touchdowns. Jones-Drew spent the 2014 season with the Oakland Raiders.

Born in Oakland, California, Jones-Drew played running back at powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord before enrolling at UCLA. After a three-year career at UCLA, Jones-Drew entered the 2006 NFL Draft and was selected in the second round.

NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC North Now that the offseason is in full swing, front offices of all 32 NFL teams have begun to assess priorities for the coming months. What areas should each team address? This sounds like a job for... more

AFC North AFC South NFC South NFC North Now that the offseason is in full swing, front offices of all 32 NFL teams have begun to assess priorities for the coming months. What areas should each team address? This sounds like a job for... more

NFC South AFC South AFC North NFC North Now that the offseason is in full swing, front offices of all 32 NFL teams have begun to assess priorities for the coming months. What areas should each team address? This sounds like a job for... more

AFC South NFC South AFC North NFC North Now that the offseason is in full swing, front offices of all 32 NFL teams have begun to assess priorities for the coming months. What areas should each team address? This sounds like a job for... more

Ten weeks out from the 2019 NFL Draft, I'm taking my first crack at predicting how Round 1 will play out. Quarterbacks? Yeah, I have four of them flying off the board in an eight-pick span. Quarterback hunters? Oh, yeah -- this draft class is fully... more

Before the offseason really gets going, I want to look back at the 2018 season once more and identify some running backs who exceeded or fell short of expectations. Below are five running backs whose stock rose after strong seasons and four backs who... more


With a fourth Super Bowl appearance in the past five seasons, this New England Patriots dynasty rages on with unprecedented efficiency. But not without some surprises. The 2018 Pats have relied on an age-old formula for playoff success: combine a... more

The relationship between Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars has been like a roller coaster for two years now -- you never know if it will climb to the top with majestic views or plummet at racing speed. Since Fournette joined the team a... more

The NFL season is getting down to the nitty-gritty with the Divisional Round just a few days away. And with massive goals hanging in the balance, running backs will be separated into two categories -- the men and the boys. A plethora of running bac... more

Damien Williams went from third-string running back to a feature role on Kansas City's offense in a matter of weeks. Williams didn't waste his opportunity -- following Kareem Hunt's release and Spencer Ware's hamstring injury -- logging more than 1... more


The NFL may still be a "passing league," but it's always about the run game in my world. Luckily for me, there have been so many great rushing performances in 2018, with the highlight being Derrick Henry's monumental day in Week 14. It hasn't just... more

The entire football world will be on Le'Veon Bell watch this offseason. Since Bell did not report to Pittsburgh ahead of the Nov. 13 deadline to maintain his playing eligibility for 2018, there are several options that could play out in the months... more

The NFL is full of flashy young running backs, but let's not forget about 35-year-old Frank Gore. He proved Sunday that he's still got it. Gore racked up 116 scrimmage yards in Miami's miraculous win over New England on Sunday. That performance mo... more

Phillip Lindsay came into the league with a lot to prove after going undrafted last April. Signed by the Denver Broncos, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back has been an explosive ball carrier since Day 1 and established himself as the starter in... more


There were plenty of questions surrounding Christian McCaffrey's durability and ability to be a three-down back coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft. The biggest question, though, was can you build an offense around a running back of his size (5-foot-1... more

As Ezekiel Elliott goes, so go the Dallas Cowboys. He has been one of the most productive running backs in the NFL since Dallas' bye in Week 8, leading the league in rushing yards (334) and scrimmage yards (500) in that span. His jump in production... more

The league's elite running backs are taking the position to new heights, but RBs aren't the only ones logging carries. Quarterbacks and wide receivers are getting some ground burn, too. This week, I take a look at the best non-RB rushers in the lea... more

The 2017 running back class has been anything but a disappointment. Just look what some of these guys did in Week 9: Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt each had three scrimmage TDs; Christian McCaffrey had a pair of rushing TDs; James Conner his... more


The fact that the Seattle Seahawks have a run game feels like breaking news. It's been almost nonexistent since Marshawn Lynch left town, but Chris Carson is showing major promise at the midpoint of the 2018 season. A season after Russell Wilson... more

LeSean McCoy's best days in Buffalo are over. Let's face it. It's time for the Bills to set him free and give him a chance to make a splash somewhere else. The two-time All-Pro, who is currently in the concussion protocol after exiting last week's... more

It sure is nice to be a quarterback these days. Not only do they get all the guaranteed money and endorsement deals, but it seems like the older they get, the better they play. Now, some might argue that last part is because defenders can't hit... more

The "tough" yard. It comes up every week in the NFL -- the fourth-and-1 scenario when the defense knows the offense is going to run the ball up the gut. The ability to get that "tough" yard will often determine a game's outcome. Teams built to conv... more

Where has Kenyan Drake gone? In August, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Drake should get "15-20 carries and 6-8 targets" per game. Since then, the running back has all but disappeared, and his touches have shrunk with each passing week, droppi... more


Nothing went right for the Vikings last week against the Bills. Nothing! In that 27-6 blowout loss at home ... Kirk Cousins was sacked four times, including a pair of strip-sacks that resulted in two Bills scoring drives. Minnesota's vaunted defe... more

It's time for running backs to receive the credit and compensation they deserve. Other than the quarterback, no offensive position player is asked to do more or be more versatile: RBs have to run the ball (obviously), protect the quarterback and now... more

The Washington Redskins were in a world of hurt early in the preseason, when rookie running back Derrius Guice went down with a season-ending knee injury . Despite losing Guice, who was expected to be a major presence in the ground game, the Redskins... more

Scroll through the Twitter newsfeed, and you'll see the fantasy football world practically begging Le'Veon Bell to report to the Steelers. (I see you, David Spade .) I get it. Fantasy gurus are disappointed. Pittsburgh Steelers fans are disappointed.... more

The last three draft classes have featured running backs -- Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Saquon Barkley -- who were labeled as transcendent players before they even hit the gridiron. Barkley makes his debut Sunday, but Zeke and Fournette ha... more


Top 10: RBs QBs 2016 picks WRs Year 2 guys CBs DTs Pass rushers Additions NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2018" airs every Monday at 8 p.m. ET, unveiling a new set of 10 players each week. One running back was revealed... more


More mocks: Jones-Drew 1.0 Jeremiah 3.0 Brooks 4.0 Casserly 2.0 Reuter 5.0 Davis 3.0 With 16 days until teams are officially on the clock, here's my first mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. Keep an eye out for trades -- I project three... more


MORE/LESS SUCCESS: RUNNING BACKS QUARTERBACKS WIDE RECEIVERS There's been a reshuffling at the offensive skill positions in the free agency. NFL Network analysts Maurice Jones-Drew, David Carr and Nate Burleson will survey the offseason... more


Rookie running backs have taken the league by storm during the 2017 NFL season. Former All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew looks at eight first-year rushers, analyzing their running styles and potential for long-term success, to rank them based o... more


It's been an interesting offseason for running backs, with several starters from 2016 and once-dominant veterans sporting new uniforms. NFL Media analyst and former All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranks offseason relocations for backs across... more


With the 2017 NFL Draft is just over five weeks out, NFL Network analyst and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew has his eye on a deep running back class. Based on what he's seen on film and performances from the NFL Scouting Combine and pro d... more


In case you didn't know, NFL Media's Maurice Jones-Drew isn't just a former fantasy football stud -- he was the third-highest scoring running back in 2009 and 2011 -- but he's also a diehard fantasy football player, just like you. Below are his posit... more


When it comes to NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016," there's plenty of room for argument. So as the list is unveiled, NFL Media's Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor will be sharing their own takes on the top 100... more


There's been a shuffle at the running back position in the free agency. Five notable starters in 2015 -- Matt Forte, Chris Ivory, Lamar Miller, Alfred Morris and DeMarco Murray -- will all be seen in different uniforms in the coming season. NFL Media... more

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: With the addition of Marcus Mariota, why not protect your No. 1 investment with the most talented left tackle we have seen in years? Jared Goff - QB, Cal: Goff is the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. He has a... more

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