AFC West Blog
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are expected to provide the Raiders with an interesting one-two punch out of the backfield this season. Jones-Drew told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, "There's no reason why we can't be one of the best one-two punches in the league."
But which running back is "one" and which running back is "two" has yet to be determined. The two will battle for the lead role in training camp, and Jones-Drew said that's one of the reasons why he signed with the Raiders. Although he will have to share carries, he knew the Raiders would give him a shot to be a starter. That gave the Raiders a distinct advantage over the Steelers, another team MJD visited during his tour as a free agent. If he had signed there, he would have been a clear backup to Le'Veon Bell.
Jones-Drew isn't ready for that type of role yet. He said he's got "a lot left" and is looking forward to proving it this summer.
As expected, the Raiders unloaded quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday. Less expected is that they actually got something in return for a player they were going to get rid of soon anyway.
Pro Football Talk first reported that the Raiders have traded the athletic QB to the Seahawks. PFT adds that the 49ers were also very interested in dealing for Pryor, but Seattle won out. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders received a seventh-round pick in the deal.
The Raiders have already said publicly that quarterback Terrelle Pryor won't be on their team this season. So, why haven't they just cut the cord already? Well, despite erasing all possible leverage through their words, the Raiders are still trying to trade Pryor for something. If they are unsuccessful in doing so over the next 48 hours, the Raiders will finally release him. That's what Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1 reported Saturday. Monday is when the Raiders open their offseason program.
Montee Ball's rookie season got off to a rough start with a nasty case of fumblitis that limited his playing time for the first half of the year. But as he gained a better handle on the ball and life in the NFL, Ball became a bigger part of the Broncos' offense. This season, his role will expand much more as Denver is depending on him to be their lead back following the departure of Knowshon Moreno. No one knows how the 23-year-old will perform under such high demands, but the Broncos' future Hall of Fame quarterback has faith in him.
Via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Peyton Manning said Wednesday that he believes "Montee Ball is ready" to be a starting running back.