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For better or worse, the next five games could define Darren McFadden’s future

For better or worse, the next five games could define Darren McFadden’s future



Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden said during training camp he feels he owes a good season to the organization – his season has been anything but stellar so far.

The organization and fans are still waiting for McFadden to match his success from 2010, the only season of his career in which his amassed more than 1,000 rushing yards.

Writers and analysts believed McFadden would turn his career around after Oakland gave Greg Knapp the boot and handed the reins over to Greg Olson as offensive coordinator for a power-running scheme that McFadden seemed tailored for.

Unfortunately for McFadden, injuries still plague his ability to stay on the field.

Despite endless injuries and constant questioning as to whether he can stay healthy for an entire season, no one can question McFadden’s ability as a playmaker when he is actually on the field.

He has totaled 267 rushing yards, 77 receiving yards and two touchdowns so far this season – not nearly the statistics the team hoped for as he is on pace to have yet another disappointing season.

After a fantastic college career at Arkansas and being selected fourth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, he hasn’t come close to living up to the hype that was “Run DMC.”



Though more than half of this season’s games are yet to be played, it appears that McFadden and the Raiders are at a crossroads pertaining to the future of the team and McFadden’s career as the team comes off of its bye week looking forward to a matchup against Pittsburgh.

The Raiders next five games could be a defining time in McFadden’s career, during which the team will be facing defenses that are currently ranked 18th, 12th, 27th, 25th and 23rd respectively in rushing yards allowed.

He has had two weeks to heal up from the hamstring injury he suffered from during Week 4 against Washington.

Though he played during the last game against Kansas City, he wasn’t able to do much as he totaled only 52 yards from 16 carries.

Granted the Raiders offensive line is an absolute mess at the moment and it could be argued that McFadden never had the luxury of having a stout and consistent line in front of him since joining the NFL, but nonetheless he must make the best of what he has and seize the opportunity that is in front of him.

About Nick Celario

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San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate. Former sports editor of the Spartan Daily. Former intern at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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