The Oakland Raiders are setting up a backfield battle that would have shaken the NFL world a half-decade ago.
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"We get an opportunity to compete," Jones-Drew said on Friday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."
Jones-Drew conceded during a conference call that McFadden has a "leg up" due to his year's worth of experience in Greg Olson's offense.
As recently as 2011, Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing while McFadden was coming off a two-year run averaging a hefty 5.27 yards per carry and 10.0 yards per reception.
Unfortunately, the two backs have combined to average an ineffectual 3.54 yards per rush since then.
Because Jones-Drew couldn't make defenders miss in the open field and McFadden was severely outplayed by Jennings last season, it's impossible to handicap this race.
That would have been a dynamite combination when both backs were 24 years old. At this stage of their respective careers, the Raiders will be happy if they simply can make it through a 16-game season.