Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Days1 Comment

McFadden had five yards on three carries and negative-two yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

McFadden hasn't done enough to leapfrog Maurice Jones-Drew, who broke off a 40-yard touchdown run in Friday's game. Jones-Drew has locked down the starting job, and also figures to be more active in the passing game. It's not entirely clear how the goal-line work will be allotted, but history suggests that Jones-Drew is the better bet from in close. If Matt Schaub doesn't shape up, it may be a while before anyone finds out.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 12 Days

McFadden ran eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

McFadden's eight touches included three consecutive carries at the goal line, with the last of those going for a one-yard touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew started and drew two targets, but McFadden was also quite active with the first-team offense. While we can't assume that McFadden will get most of the goal-line carries, it's quite possible that the Raiders favor him for such a role. As the superior receiver, MJD seems to be the favorite for third-down work.

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McFadden gained 23 yards on his only carry in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.

Maurice Jones-Drew got the start and played the first two drives, while McFadden handled the third and final drive for the first-team offense. MJD is listed as the starter and worked as such Friday, but the Raiders are still expected to go with a timeshare. Latavius Murray could perhaps emerge as a factor in the running game, particularly if McFadden struggles the way he did the last two seasons.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 23 Days

Maurice Jones-Drew is listed as the first-team running back ahead of McFadden on the Raiders' initial depth chart in advance of the team's preseason opener, ibabuzz.com reports.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 28 Days3 Comments

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield.

Klemko, however, does allow that this "should be a committee backfield considering McFadden's injury history." While McFadden may get the "starts," Jones-Drew leading the Raiders in carries is probably the safe bet. McFadden is certainly the more talented runner, but he's never played a full 16-game slate. This is going to be a timeshare. MJD and DMC are currently going in the seventh and eight rounds of fantasy drafts, respectively, as RB3/FLEX options.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 2 Months

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran said he expects RB Darren McFadden to be the Raiders' starting running back if healthy.

Corkran added he expects McFadden to have the most yards from scrimmage of an Oakland back this season. It is a bold position to take considering McFadden's injury history and the presence of newly-acquired RB Maurice Jones-Drew. No matter who is the "starter," the Oakland backfield projects as an almost straight timeshare between two backs on the downsides of their career. Not exactly a blueprint for fantasy success.

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The Raiders have given Darren McFadden reps on kickoff returns during OTAs.

"Anything is an option," said coach Dennis Allen. We're tentatively expecting Maurice Jones-Drew to emerge as Oakland's top running back, with McFadden relegated to change-of-pace or lesser-half of a committee work. That sort of role could open up DMC's special teams plate. McFadden is a straight-linish runner with 4.4 jets. He could be an excellent kickoff return man.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 4 Months

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.

Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season in his career and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.

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Newly signed Maurice Jones-Drew said Darren McFadden has a "leg up" on their competition.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 6 Months

Darren McFadden's agent says his client turned down more money elsewhere to re-sign with the Raiders.

"We did have real interest from four or five other teams -- one offered more money," said Ian Greengross, McFadden's agent. "Darren wanted to stay a Raider. He felt like he still had something to prove in silver and black." It couldn't have been much more money, but it's a sign that McFadden believes he has the best chance to revive his sputtering career in Oakland. For now, he only has to beat out raw yet intriguing sophomore Latavius Murray for the starting gig. Rashad Jennings has signed with the Giants.