Darren McFadden RB DAL 1 month ago

McFadden said his hamstring is doing great, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

McFadden was limited by a hamstring ailment during OTAs, but he made it back on the field for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. He'll enter training camp with a shot to earn a significant role in the offense, competing against Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams for carries. Randle and McFadden are the favorites to win the starting job.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 1 month ago

McFadden (hamstring) is participating in Tuesday's minicamp practice, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

McFadden missed most of OTAs but doesn't seem to be dealing with a serious issue. Of course, he's been limited by nagging injuries throughout his career, so this wasn't the best way to start his tenure as a Cowboy. He's still in line to compete against Joseph Randle for the top spot in the Dallas backfield, with Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams (knee) potentially also in the mix. The Cowboys' o-line is far better than what McFadden had to work with in Oakland, but even if he earns a key role this could end up as a committee.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 2 months ago

McFadden (hamstring) is not yet at full strength, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

McFadden continues to nurse a strained hamstring, and he'll likely be limited throughout the week. Joseph Randle will likely get the first team reps in McFadden's absence, while Lance Dunbar figures to work with the second team given Ryan Williams' (knee) absence.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 2 months ago

McFadden worked out on the side Wednesday due to a hamstring strain, ESPN.com reports.

Meanwhile, Joseph Randle took the team's first-team running back snaps on Wednesday. While it doesn't appear as though McFadden's current hamstring issue is a major concern, he does have a notable injury history, so it's worth mentioning. Once he's back on the field with his teammates, McFadden will look to solidify his role in what could well emerge as a backfield time-share between him and Randle, with Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams (who is dealing with a sore knee) also on hand.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 2 months ago

Joseph Randle, and not McFadden, is expected to get the initial look with the Cowboys' first team offense as the team heads into their OTAs, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Fantasy players will be keeping a very close eye on how the Cowboys backfield shakes out heading into Week 1, given the production any back could have running behind their supremely talented offensive line. Randle's role with the first team could simply be a matter of his familiarity with the offense compared to new Cowboy McFadden, but you may want to hold off using a higher pick on the former Raider until his spot on the depth chart is a little clearer.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 3 months ago

McFadden remains on top of the Cowboys' depth chart after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.

The club insists that they are comfortable with the players currently on the roster, and the Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but McFadden's inability to stay healthy throughout his career is going to make him a tough player to invest in.

Darren McFadden RB DAL 5 months ago

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 6 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 7 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 8 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.