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20 Darren McFadden RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 8/27/1987 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Arkansas | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 61/7 | Average Draft Position: 111.90
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Cowboys' Darren McFadden says he'll split carries with Joseph Randle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden indicated during a radio interview Tuesday that the plan in Dallas is for Joseph Randle and McFadden to split carries out of the backfield, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there," he told KRLD-FM. "But at the same time, it’s like, man, you know we’re going to split carries. So whoever goes out there or goes out there second -- I just know whenever I do get a chance to get the ball in my hands, I’m going to go out there and go 110 percent.”

McFadden has had his share of injury issues, which have kept him from reaching his full potential in the NFL. He already missed some time this preseason due to a hamstring injury, but it appears McFadden is getting back to 100 percent.

“I feel great. Trainers are kind of just easing me back into things, but as far as I how I feel, I feel like I’m ready to get out there and go 100 percent," he said. "You know, they are going to be cautious. Dealing with a hamstring, they can be tricky. But we definitely don’t want to make any rush and delay it further.”

McFadden was also very complimentary of Randle during his interview.

“He’s a very slashy guy," McFadden said. "The one thing that I’ve learned about him since we’ve been out here is he’s a hard worker, and I love to see that in a running back. He’s a guy who can (hit a) home run at any time. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in there and pick up a blitz.”


Cowboys move Darren McFadden to active roster from PUP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) The Cowboys moved running back Darren McFadden to the active roster, from the PUP list on Saturday, per the NFL Network

McFadden opened camp on PUP because of a hamstring injury. 


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden hopeful of practicing Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden has become optimistic that he could make his training camp debut as early as Saturday after feeling no pain running and cutting over the last few days, per the Dallas Morning News.

He added that he wanted to test out his strained hamstring again before finalizing a timetable for joining the team.

An ankle injury to fellow running back Lance Dunbar, which was sustained Wednesday, makes the return of McFadden more imperative.


Darren McFadden, Rolando McClain open Cowboys' camp on PUP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Cowboys opened training camp with two contributors on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Running back Darren McFadden is still returning from a hamstring injury and will open camp on PUP. McFadden signed with the Cowboys in the offseason after spending the first seven years of his career with Oakland. 

In addition, linebacker Rolando McClain was also placed on PUP, as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. 

Both players can be taken off PUP at any time during camp, after they're medically cleared. McClain will have to serve a four-game suspension for substance abuse policy violation, however. 


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden on his health: 'I'm 100 percent'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is finally healthy, per The Dallas Morning News.

McFadden, who has been injury prone throughout his career, declared he is injury free and ready to take part in the Cowboys' offseason practices.

“I’m 100 percent and ready to go play ball,” McFadden said. “It felt great. We were just taking precautions, they didn’t want me to mess it up or anything crazy. Just being out there today, it felt great. I was out there running, opening up and just trying to do what I can do.”

McFadden says he's ready to take on whatever role the Cowboys present him with. The team is in need of filling the void left behind by last year's league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray.

“Whatever they ask me to do, I feel up to it,” McFadden said. “I’m just going out here and working hard. Whatever it is that they decide they want, that’s how I’m going to roll.”


Garett: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could get more work soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The workload for Cowboys new running back Darren McFadden seems destined to be ramping up at minicamp, per the team website.

Jason Garrett has declared that McFadden might get a bit more work as his strained hamstring is healing.

McFadden spent his first seven seasons with Oakland, where he exceeded 1,000 yards rushing just once and was generally considered a disappointment.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden waiting out strained hamstring


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Cowboys new running back Darren McFadden has grown impatient about his strained hamstring that has prevented him from joining his teammates in OTAs.

He hopes to participate at least a bit in minicamp next week, but he remains rankled.

"It's definitely frustrating," he told ESPN. "You always want to be out there taking plays and getting reps, but it's one of those things I'd rather sit out now instead of pushing it and have something linger on me."

McFadden signed a two-year contract with Dallas and could receive the bulk of the carries given the loss of DeMarco Murray to Philadelphia. He has worked some individual drills the last two weeks, but not in 7-on-7 activity.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Jerry Jones: Darren McFadden changed Cowboys draft plans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has declared that the presence of Darren McFadden is the reason his team did not draft a running back despite having lost stud DeMarco Murray to the rival Eagles.

McFadden signed a two-year deal with Dallas. It calls for just $200,000 in guaranteed money, but could be worth as much as $5.85 million, per ESPN.

The scatback has been a disappointment in the NFL. In seven years with Oakland, he exceeded 1,000 yards rushing just once and has 25 touchdowns. He has not averaged more than 3.4 yards per carry since 2011, but the change of scenery and far better surrounding offensive talent could give his career a jump-start.

At least Jones believes so.

"McFadden made a big difference here," he said. "His availability - make no bones about it - we didn't know that McFadden was going to be available when we initially started to think about this year and in our decision regarding that. ... It might have been a little different story had we not had McFadden on our roster in this draft."


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden maybe used as kick returner in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden could see an expanded role next season, as a kick or punt returner, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Wide receiver Dwayne Harris left during the offseason for the Giants, leaving a vacant spot in the return game.

"We have some guys we feel who can go return right now both punt returners and kickoff returners," coach Jason Garrett said. "And hopefully we'll get a chance to bring some guys in college free agent type guys we targeted as well. We like the guys we have and we feel like we can go play right now with them and also create some competition with some younger guys."

McFadden was a kick returner for the Raiders in 2014 where he had three returns for 59 yards.

"He certainly could," Garrett said. "He's done it in his past."


Cowboys' Darren McFadden: The world hasn't seen the best of me


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) After struggling the past three seasons in Oakland, Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is ready for a bounce-back campaign. He said in an appearance on NFL Network on Friday that the world has not "seen the best of Darren McFadden."

McFadden rushed for 1,620 yards in 38 games (31 starts) over the last three seasons in Oakland before signing a two-year deal worth up to $5.85 million this offseason, with the hopes of replacing DeMarco Murray in Dallas.

McFadden expressed his lack of concern over the possibility of the Cowboys acquiring Vikings running back Adrian Peterson via trade, and revealed that the team will likely add another running back in the draft.

"It wouldn't surprise me at all," McFadden said. "I'm a guy who's been in the league seven, eight years now. A team doesn't want to just put their everything on a guy. ... I feel like they're going to take a running back, and it's not going to be something that changes how I feel about the team. I'm a competitive guy, it'll bring out the best in me."


Cowboys sign Darren McFadden to two-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Cowboys moved quickly after the departure of DeMarco Murray, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with former Raiders running back Darren McFadden, reports Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday. The deal with worth up to $5.85 million with $200,000 in bonus incentives, per Todd Archer of ESPN.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was reportedly tempted to draft McFadden out of Arkansas in 2008, but instead he went to the Raiders at No. 4 in the draft. McFadden, 27, totaled 4,247 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in his seven-year run with the Raiders. He played in all 16 games for the first time in his career last season, totaling 534 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

He joins fellow running backs Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams in Dallas.

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Raiders not expected to re-sign RB Darren McFadden


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/28/2015) With expectations sky-high for Latavius Murray in 2015, the Raiders aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent running back Darren McFadden, reports CSNBayArea.com. McFadden, 27, averaged 3.4 yards per carry this season and has not had a good year since 2011.

Oakland also is expected to part ways with 29-year-oold running back Maurice Jones-Drew, saving the team $2.5 million.

Murray, 25, averaged 5.2 yards on his 82 carries and will enter next season as the starter.


Raiders RB Darren McFadden tallies 54 yards vs. Bills


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for 54 yards on just nine carries in his team's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.

McFadden's 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter was a flashback to his days as one of the elite running backs in the league, as he was able to cut through the defense before being forced out of bounds at the one-yard line. The 25-yard pickup was his longest rush of the season. He did take a backseat to Latavius Murray in the win, touching the ball 10 times to 26 for the starter. McFadden will likely serve as a complementary back again when the Raiders face the Broncos in Week 17.


Raiders happy with Latavius Murray as primary ballcarrier


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/15/2014) Asked Monday about Latavius Murray's status as the Raiders' primary ballcarrier, coach Tony Sparano said, "I've had no thought of changing that," reports CSNCalifornia.com.

Murray ran 12 times for 59 yards in the loss to the Chiefs after carrying 23 times for 76 yards Week 14 against San Francisco. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for four carries Sunday.

Oakland hosts the Bills in Week 16.


Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece take lesser role for Raiders


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Raiders running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece took on lesser roles Week 14 against the 49ers.

Latavius Murray got the bulk of the work, picking up 23 carries. McFadden was limited to just four carries. He gained 5 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game. Reece had just two carries for 2 yards. He was a much bigger threat in the passing game, gaining 64 yards on seven receptions. He managed to haul in a 9 yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Both players will look for more Week 15 against the Chiefs. 


Marcel Reece leads Raiders backfield Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/30/2014) Fullback Marcel Reece was the most productive member of the Raiders' backfield Week 13 at St. Louis. Reece ran four times for 12 yards and caught six of eight targets for 48 yards.

Running back Darren McFadden carried 11 times for 27 yards and caught both his targets for 18 yards. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed five times for 21 yards and secured three of four targets for 23 yards.

Oakland played without impressive second-year back Latavius Murray, who's recovering from a concussion. The Raiders face the 49ers in Week 14.


Raiders carries will be determined by 'flow' of the game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Raiders will distribute their carries based on the "flow" of the game on Sunday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Latavius Murray has been ruled out due to a concussion, leaving Marcel Reece, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden in the backfield. Head coach Tony Sparano confirmed that carries would depend on both "flow" and the game situation. It's unclear which player will get the start. 


Raiders RB Darren McFadden struggles in win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for just 29 yards on 12 carries while catching both of his targets for another five yards in his team's 24-20 win over the Chiefs Thursday.

McFadden was on his way towards becoming an afterthought, as sparkplug Latavius Murray racked up 112 yards and two touchdowns on his first four carries. However, Murray suffered a concussion while taking a big hit on a kick return and didn't play in the second half, leaving the door open for McFadden to lead the team in carries. He hasn't cracked three yards per carry in any of his last four games. The Raiders are set to face the Rams in Week 13.


Bigger role predicted for Raiders RB Latavius Murray


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) Latavius Murray led Raiders running backs in snaps last week at San Diego, and he's expected to at least split time with Darren McFadden on Thursday against the Chiefs, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Murray got more work than normal in practice this week, according to Kaplan.

Murray ran four times for 43 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards against the Chargers. He played 27 snaps, while McFadden played 22 and Maurice Jones-Drew played 10.


Raiders RB Darren McFadden bottled up in Week 11 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for just 21 yards on eight carries while failing to catch any of his three targets in his team's 13-6 loss to the Chargers Sunday.

McFadden had trouble getting anything going in the running game, only gaining five yards twice on his best carries. He appeared to lose plenty of time to Latavius Murray in the fourth quarter after the youngster provided a spark late in the third. McFadden's 2.6 yards-per-carry mark Sunday represented his best total in his last three games, and it's possible the Raiders could feed Murray more in the late part of the season as they evaluate the roster for the future. The Raiders have a Thursday night matchup with the Chiefs on tap.


Raiders' McFadden finishes with season-low 14 rushing yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden had one of his worst performances of the season during a 41-17 loss Week 10 vs. Denver. McFadden was held to a season-low 14 rushing yards on seven carries, while adding four catches for 22 yards.

The 14 rushing yards was his lowest total since totaling 15 yards on four carries in the season opener. McFadden has just 34 rushing yards in his last two games and is averaging 1.7 yards per carry in that span.

The Raiders are back in action Week 11 at San Diego. McFadden had a season-high 80 rushing yards Week 6 against San Diego.


Long odds for Darren McFadden


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2014) CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Darren McFadden among their top 30 running backs for Week 10 against Denver, which makes him at least a passable flex option in standard leagues. But in a week with six teams on bye, that's not saying much.

McFadden, of course, hasn't been the most productive back to begin with, only once rushing for even 60 yards in a game, and the Broncos rank No. 1 against the run, allowing 71.6 yards per game. And because they have one of the best offenses in the league and the Raiders one of the worst, they're likely to pull away early, giving the Raiders even more incentive to pass.

Of course, McFadden is a big enough part of the passing game that he could still factor that way, but his chances of putting up big numbers this week appear even slimmer than usual. If you're able to sit him, it's probably a good idea.


Raiders RB Darren McFadden does nothing on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden did absolutely nothing on the ground Week 9.

McFadden carried the ball 13 times, gaining 20 yards. He averaged just 1.5 yards per carry on the day. McFadden did find a way to provide value through the passing game. He wound up leading the team in receiving yards, catching four passes for 47 yards. McFadden was targeted five times during the contest. 

McFadden will take on the Broncos Week 10. 


Critical fumble mars decent effort by Raiders RB McFadden


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden might have received many more carries Sunday against the host Browns had his team not been behind the entire game. But he made good use of the 12 he did get - at least until one huge mistake.

McFadden rushed for 59 yards for a 4.9 YPC average. He also caught four passes for 26 yards. He began strong with a 16-yard burst up the middle on his first carry, but his fumble in Browns territory with 1:12 left in the third quarter and his team down just 9-6 proved deadly. The Raiders never recovered.

He will seek a more complete effort when Oakland plays at Seattle next Sunday.