Darren McFadden RB DAL 1 month ago15 Comments

McFadden has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Coming off three straight seasons in which he averaged fewer than 3.5 yards per carry, McFadden will look to bounce back with the Cowboys in his age-28 campaign. While the upgrade in his offensive line will be massive, McFadden's once-elite athleticism has waned over the years, and 2014 marked the first time he played all 16 games. Given McFadden's lack of recent success, he'll have to earn his touches with a strong training camp and preseason. After losing DeMarco Murray to the Eagles, Dallas figures to bring in another running back or two via free agency and/or the draft. The team also has Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams under contract. McFadden's best-case scenario likely involves splitting touches with one or two other players.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 3 months ago

McFadden rushed for 534 yards and two touchdowns on 155 attempts and added 36 receptions on 55 targets for 212 yards in 2014. He also lost his lone fumble on the season.

Much to the surprise of his fantasy owners, McFadden actually stayed healthy for a full 16 games for the first time in his career, but it ultimately didn't matter. The 27-year-old limped to a 3.4 yards per carry average, ripping off just one run of 20-plus yards in 155 tries, scored just twice and lost his starting role to Latavius Murray late in the year. At 27, McFadden's days of being a serviceable runner appear to be behind him. He's an unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason and will likely have to settle for a second- or third-string job elsewhere.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 4 months ago

McFadden rushed for 54 yards on nine carries and added one catch on two targets for zero yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Bills.

Latavius Murray did the heavy lifting, wearing down the Bills' front seven during the first half, allowing McFadden to find some running room late (41 yards on final four carries). McFadden's 25-yard rush in the fourth quarter was his longest since Week 2 of last season. He'll continue to serve in a complementary role behind Murray in next Sunday's finale against Denver.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 4 months ago

McFadden had just four carries for five yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Meanwhile, rookie Latavius Murray (concussion) returned from a one-game absence to rush for 76 yards on 23 carries. It looks like McFadden will be somewhat phased out of the offense, as long as the speedy Murray is healthy.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

McFadden had 11 carries for 27 rushing yards and two catches on two targets for 18 receiving yards Sunday against the Rams.

With Latavius Murray sidelined with a concussion, McFadden once again led the backfield, though he failed to rush for even 30 yards for the fifth consecutive game. The Raiders' running game is a mess and it doesn't figure to get any better in Week 14 against a 49ers defense allowing the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game this season.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcel Reece are all expected to see work Sunday against St. Louis with Latavius Murray (concussion) ruled out, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

It sounds like the Raiders will start off with a three-headed attack on the ground Sunday, but interim coach Tony Sparano said the carries will then be doled out based on "flow" of the game and the situation. McFadden has averaged under 2.7 yards per carry in each of his last four games and Jones-Drew has been equally ineffective this season, so it would make sense if the team looked to get Reece heavily involved against the Rams. All three figure to give way to Murray once he's cleared.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

McFadden had 29 yards on 12 carries and five yards on two receptions in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.

McFadden's value took a hit, as his own underwhelming performance was matched by a huge game from Latavius Murray, who left with a concussion after rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on four carries in the first half. Murray thus figures to be a big part of the offense when he returns, and he may even get the opportunity to replace McFadden as the starter. Further adding to Run DMC's woes, starting fullback Marcel Reece dominated the fourth-quarter snaps at halfback, finishing with 37 yards on eight carries. McFadden still figures to have some kind of role, but the little bit of upside he once had is essentially gone.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

Though McFadden took first-team reps at practice this week, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that Latavius Murray will get more work than usual Thursday against the Chiefs.

Given that McFadden has combined for 15 carries for 35 yards over his last two games, he's not a high-percentage play this week anyway, with the possibility that Murray sees increased looks after carrying four times for 43 yards this past Sunday, further putting a damper on McFadden's Week 12 fantasy prospects.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

McFadden rushed for just 21 yards on eight carries and failed to haul in any of his three targets in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Chargers.

McFadden is averaging a mere 1.9 yards per carry over his last three games (28 attempts), with a long over that span of nine yards, and has scored just once in his last eight games. Latavius Murray more than doubled his production on the ground Sunday (43 yards) on four carries, and it would make sense if the Raiders, now 0-10, gave the 24-year-old Murray an expanded role in the weeks ahead.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

McFadden ran for just 14 yards on seven carries and caught 4-of-7 targets in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Broncos.

The game was close in the first half, but McFadden still couldn't get on track. He's really struggled, along with the rest of the Raiders' offense, over the last two games, rushing for a measly 34 yards on 27 carries. Despite the underwhelming performance as of late, Oakland really doesn't have a lot of options in the backfield, so he should once again see the majority of the work next week at San Diego.