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20 Darren McFadden RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/218 | Birthdate: 8/27/1987 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Arkansas | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 74/3
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Darren McFadden struggles in loss to Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden touched the ball four times and gained three yards Friday night in Green Bay.

McFadden rushed three times for five yards and caught one pass for minus-2. It was a far cry from his achievements in the second preseason game, when he rushed for 27 yards and earned the praise of Dennis Allen.


Dennis Allen calls Darren McFadden explosive


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden ran eight times for 27 yards (3.4 ypc) and a touchdown Saturday against the Lions. To coach Dennis Allen, it was a very impressive performance.

"I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here," Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here."

However, Allen is keeping Maurice Jones-Drew as the official starter. "Both those guys are going to get significant playing time and both those guys are guys that are going to help us," Allen said.


Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden share the load Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden shared reps with the first-team offense Friday night at home against the Lions in exhibition play. Both players were lifted after logging four series of work.

On the opening snap of the game, Jones-Drew took a handoff for a gain of 4 yards, but failed to make much of an impact the rest of the way. He finished with six carries for 12 yards. His lone catch of the night was a short screen pass from Matt Schaub, which he took for a gain of 22 yards in the second quarter.

McFadden punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter, scoring his first touchdown of the preseason. He finished the game with eight carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew gets the start over Darren McFadden Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew made his debut and got the start over Darren McFadden during Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Jones-Drew worked the first two series with the first team offense and finished with two carries for 10 yards. He also caught all two of his targeted passes for 14 yards. McFadden made the best out of his lone touch of the night. He had one carry for a gain of 23 yards in the second quarter and was not targeted in the passing game.

Maurice Jones-Drew listed as Raiders' starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Raiders' first depth chart lists Maurice Jones-Drew as the starting running back and Darren McFadden as the backup. Latavius Murray is on the third team.

Darren McFadden ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew for No. 1 job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden "has the starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew, reports SI.com. The website adds, however, that "this should be a committee backfield considering McFadden’s injury history -- he’s yet to play a full season in six."

Raiders planning run-first attack


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) New Raiders left tackle Donald Penn told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team will be run-heavy in 2014, seemingly good news for Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us," Penn said.

Oakland averaged 27.3 rushing attempts last year, which ranked 16th.


Raiders noticing their RBs' burst, explosiveness


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Expectations might not be high for the Raiders' pair of older running backs coming off of injuries, but so far through minicamp both Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have passed the eyeball test of their peers, says the Contra Costa Times

Quarterback Matt Schaub has seen them showing good burst and making explosive plays as a receiver, believing that the way they complement each other "is going to be a key to our success."

Head coach Dennis Allen agrees. 

"When you watch 'em practice, you see guys that still have explosion, guys that still have run skills, guys that still make people miss," Allen said. "I don't pay a lot of attention to what the statistics may say. I just see what I see with my eyes, and I see a couple of guys that if they can stay healthy, have the ability to perform at a high level."

That is a big "if" from Allen -- McFadden hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career and Jones-Drew is a year and change removed from a Lisfranc foot injury. 


Darren McFadden staying with Raiders


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Raiders and running back Darren McFadden have agreed on a one-year deal, reports Comcast Sports Net. McFadden was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

McFadden, 26, has struggled since entering the league with injuries and inconsistency. He has missed 29 games in six seasons and played in only 10 games in 2013 when he had 114 carries for 379 yards and five touchdowns and 17 catches for 108 yards.

He has averaged 3.3 yards per carry in consecutive years.


Darren McFadden generating 'significant interest'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Free agent running back Darren McFadden is attracting "significant interest" on the open market, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. McFadden is expected to leave Oakland after spending his first six seasons with the Raiders.

Agent says Darren McFadden might not be done with Raiders


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/20/2014) The agent for running back Darren McFadden told NFL.com's Gil Brandt that he will meet with the Raiders this week to talk about re-signing him. McFadden is scheduled to be a free agent. 

It was a month ago when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the back would be a free agent, so a change of heart could be in play here from the organization. McFadden has struggled since entering the league with injuries and inconsistency. He has missed 29 games in six seasons and played in only 10 games in 2013, matching his 2012 yards per carry average at 3.3, which is a career-low.


Reggie McKenzie: Darren McFadden heading to free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden will not be a Raiders running back much longer. General manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed that McFadden will be a free agent.

McFadden has struggled since entering the league with injuries and inconsistency. He has missed 29 games in six seasons and played in only 10 games in 2013. He also lost his starting job. He matched his 2012 yards per carry average at 3.3, which is a career-low.


Reggie McKenzie: Darren McFadden will test free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) It came as no surprise that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has all but confirmed the end of the Oakland career of former featured back Darren McFadden. He said he expects McFadden to test free agency, per ESPN.

McFadden just finished a disappointing season in which he missed five games to injury, averaged just 3.3 yards per carry for the second straight year and lost his starting job.


Darren McFadden ticketed for Bengals?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Raiders running back Darren McFadden, an impending free agent, would be a good fit in Cincinnati, according to multiple media reports. McFadden enjoyed his best seasons under offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's straight power blocking scheme -- averaging 5.2 and 5.4 yards per carry in 2010 and 2011 -- and Jackson just took the same job with the Bengals.

“You guys know how I feel about Darren McFadden; he's still one of my favorite players,” Jackson told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, per ESPN.com. “What a tremendous talent. But I really like my little guy Gio [Bernard]. He had a real good season. But I don't think you can ever have too many good backs.”

McFadden averaged 3.3 yards per carry in another injury-plagued season as he fell behind Rashad Jennings in the Raiders' pecking order. When healthy, McFadden brings more to the table than Cincinnati's BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis is under contract for 2014 at $2.5 million in salary and bonuses, raising the possibility Cincinnati might cut him. If McFadden is willing to take a big pay cut from the $5.8 million he made this season, he could join Bernard in an exciting backfield.

“I think Darren can play with anybody,” Jackson told the radio station. “If it's the Darren McFadden that I used to know, there's no question -- whether it's in Cincinnati, Oakland or San Francisco or anywhere. He's talented enough to play anywhere in the National Football League.”


Oakland's ground game gets stuffed in finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Raiders running backs Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden were each held in check during Sunday's loss to the Broncos in Week 17.

Both running backs were held under 10 rushing yards in a 34-14 defeat. Jennings rushed for nine yards on four carries, averaging 2.3 yards per attempt. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards. McFadden had seven carries for six yards (0.9 yards per carry). He caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 15 yards.

Jennings ended the year with 163 carries for 733 yards and six touchdowns while McFadden rushed for 379 yards and five touchdowns on 114 carries.

Darren McFadden scores in return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Raiders running back Darren McFadden looked fresh on his 5-yard touchdown run Week 16. It was one of four carries McFadden received in the loss at San Diego.

McFadden, who missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, gained 8 yards on the ground and added an 8-yard reception on three targets. He'll likely get limited touches again when Oakland hosts Denver in the regular-season finale.


Darren McFadden returns after two-game absence


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who's missed two straight games with an ankle injury, is active for the game at San Diego. He's expected to be mixed in behind Rashad Jennings.

Darren McFadden probable to play against Chargers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Raiders running back Darren McFadden is all but set to return from an ankle injury that cost him the last three games. Now a backup to Rashad Jennings and possibly Marcel Reece, he is listed as probable for the Sunday game at San Diego.

Coordinator suggests Darren McFadden finishes strong


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Raiders embattled running back Darren McFadden said Thursday he would like to return to the team next season, but offensive coordinator Greg Olson said that might require two productive games to end 2013, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

It might come as a surprise to some that McFadden is seeking to come back. He has fallen behind Rashad Jennings and perhaps Marcel Reece as the featured back and he is eligible for free agency.

McFadden returned to practice this week after missing more than a month with an ankle injury.


Darren McFadden returns to practice field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Darren McFadden, who might now be a third-string running back for the Raiders, was back at practice Wednesday after missing five of the last six games with an ankle injury. McFadden returned briefly in Week 13 before reinjuring it.

McFadden lost his starting spot to Rashad Jennings earlier in the year and might have also fallen behind Marcel Reece. McFadden can benefit from some playing time and production with free agency looming.


Darren McFadden expected back at practice Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) After missing the last two games with an ankle injury, it appears Raiders running back Darren McFadden is on track to return Week 16 at San Diego. Coach Dennis Allen said Monday he expects McFadden back at practice Wednesday.

Raiders reveal inacitves for Week 15


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Raiders list wide receiver Brice Butler, running back Darren McFadden, running back Jeremy Stewart, defensive back Chance Casey, guard Lamar Mady, guard Andre Gurode and defensive tackle Vance Walker as inactive against the Chiefs in Week 15.

Darren McFadden could be heading to IR, end of Raiders career


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Raiders running back Darren McFadden (ankle), who will be sidelined for the game Sunday against Kansas City, might be out for the year. Dennis Allen said Friday that the team is considering placing him on IR.

McFadden might now be no more than the third-string featured back behind Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece. This is speculation that he has played his last game for the Raiders.


Two Raiders backs red-lighted for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Raiders running backs Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart have both been ruled out for the Week 15 game against the Chiefs with ankle injuries.

Darren McFadden out Thursday - and maybe for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) The chances of Raiders running back Darren McFadden (ankle) playing Sunday against Kansas City diminished further when he was absent again from practice on Thursday.

McFadden, whom the Contra Costa Times has speculated might miss the rest of the season, could be considered third string at this point behind Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece.