The 2014 NFL season was, in all likelihood, the most frustrating of Maurice Jones-Drew‘s nine-year career. The former Jacksonville Jaguars running back moved to the West Coast to play for his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders. But after what he called a solid preseason, Jones-Drew’s role was extremely limited. In 12 games, he carried the ball 43 times for 96 yards – an average of 2.2 yards per carry – and no touchdowns, all far-and-away career lows for Jones-Drew. He topped 10 yards rushing just four times, had a season-high 30 rushing yards against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6, and never carried the ball more than nine times in any one game.

This weekend on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Jones-Drew, who hosts a show on the channel, spoke about the disappointment of 2014, and what his goals are headed into the offseason.

“Going into the year, I felt like after this offseason, I kind of went after it hard, and wanted to bust my butt and get myself ready to do some great things,” Jones-Drew said. “I thought we started off well, I tried to play my best ball in the preseason, and go out there and fight to earn a spot. … Certain things just didn’t work out for me, and so in that situation, I just want to keep playing.

“I still feel like I have ball left, I’d love to play, it’s really not up to me anymore,” Jones-Drew continued, “and that’s kind of the bad part about it. When it’s not up to you, you just have to continue to go out there and try to prove yourself in practice, and show what you can do. And if you can keep doing those things, hopefully the Raiders bring me back.”

Jones-Drew said even if Oakland doesn’t bring him back in 2015, he plans on continuing to play in the NFL.

“I feel like I can still play at a high level, and I thought I showed that early on. It’s one of those things, when you don’t win games early, some older players kind of fall victim to – obviously, the organization wants to see younger guys play. … It’s tough when you bust your butt to get ready for certain things, and the things you prepare for don’t come to fruition.”

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