In 2013, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, struggled to top 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season. While a foot injury slowed Jones-Drew in 2012, last season he played in fifteen games and only ended the year with 803 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. In the final year of his contract, the Jaguars showed no interest in re-signing Jones-Drew and he chose to sign a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in March. Now, with a little over two months left until the start of the 2014 NFL season, Jones-Drew says he is working hard to regain his strength of the past.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jones-Drew says he recently took on a training regimen that caused him to throw up for five straight days.
The new Raiders running back said he wanted to see if he still had that burning desire and whether or not he could show his critics wrong. Jones-Drew added that while he understands people writing him off, the way they did it bothered him the most.
“It doesn’t bother me that people have written me off, but it’s just how they’ve done it,” Jones-Drew said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I understand if I had played bad the year before, then played the way I did [in 2013]. Then, I could understand people saying, ‘Oh, he’s done.’ But I was leading the league in rushing before I broke my foot. It was tough hearing people say, ‘Aw, you don’t have it anymore.’”
Jones-Drew will have the opportunity to show everyone wrong this season and if the Raiders decide to eventually start rookie quarterback Derek Carr, he may be the focal point of the Raider’s offense.