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McFadden races to fast start

Darren McFadden doesn’t look like he’s struggling with turf toe anymore.

The Raiders running back put on an impressive display in Oakland’s preseason opener, the most noteworthy story to come out of their 31-10 win over Dallas Friday night.  (Most of the scoring came when backups were in.)

McFadden totaled 72 yards on only five offensive touches, including a 47-yard run to end the first quarter.  While it’s dangerous to get seduced by preseason results, McFadden’s speed through the hole on his big run was something we didn’t see much of during his rookie year.

As Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune points out, performances like this should help the Raiders decide to grow McFadden’s role in relation to “starter” Justin Fargas.  (Michael Bush deserves more work for that matter as well.)

McFadden may not be a 300-carry workhorse, but he should be the most explosive element on an Oakland offense sorely needing big plays.

All he has to do has to keep those toes healthy.

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18 Responses to “McFadden races to fast start”
  1. PhillyHouse says: Aug 14, 2009 3:34 PM

    I guess I’ll pick him in the 8th or 9th round.

  2. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Aug 14, 2009 3:41 PM

    PhillyHouse says: August 14, 2009 3:34 PM
    I guess I’ll pick him in the 8th or 9th round.
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    Oh ya, you’ll be sure to get him there, lol.
    Anybody else see how the Raiders bitch slapped the Cowgirls?

  3. emdub52 says: Aug 14, 2009 3:44 PM

    McFadden is going to be fantasy stud this year. He can run, catch, and knows how to find the endzone.
    Can anyone say Marshall Faulk?

  4. RSKindred says: Aug 14, 2009 3:44 PM

    Make sure you pick up Vick in the 1st, Philly. What a joke.

  5. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 14, 2009 3:45 PM

    Did I just hear an almost compliment directed towards the Raiders?

  6. RaiderClay says: Aug 14, 2009 3:45 PM

    the most noteworthy story to come out of their 31-10 win over Dallas Friday night
    Actually, I think the most noteworty story was the play of new #1 receiver Chaz Schilens. Big, Tall, Fast, and sure handed. Think Chaz and his 5 catches were the biggest story.

  7. Zox says: Aug 14, 2009 4:29 PM

    the most noteworthy story to come out of their 31-10 win over Dallas Friday night
    Actually, I think the most noteworty story was the play of new #1 receiver Chaz Schilens. Big, Tall, Fast, and sure handed. Think Chaz and his 5 catches were the biggest story.
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    I agree, Schilens looks like the real deal.

  8. CrypticNonSequiturGuy says: Aug 14, 2009 4:43 PM

    Silver&Black666 says:
    August 14, 2009 3:45 PM
    Did I just hear an almost compliment directed towards the Raiders?
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    Sure did. About a game that *almost* meant something, too.
    If I have a magic marble that keeps Bigfoot from attacking me, and Bigfoot never attacks me, then it means that, indeed, my magic marble worked!!

  9. Real Football Fan says: Aug 14, 2009 5:13 PM

    McFadden is the truth. Anyone watching SEC football could see that he was something special when at Arkansas.
    Where’s that NFL network guy and his cronies who were hailing the “enigma,” Rashard Mendenhall as the better choice last year?
    That’s the problem with being a TV analyst. When you’re wrong, you can just forget that you ever said anything and suck up to the player when he’s having a good career.

  10. as big as a hat says: Aug 14, 2009 5:20 PM

    Oakland’s run defense looked as suspect as ever when the starters were in, and I wasn’t real impressed with any DB not named Asomugha, but they looked better on offense. Russell still isn’t looking off his receiver, but he’s getting the ball out quicker, and McFadden didn’t hit the ground every time a defender took a swipe at him. As for Schilens, it’s not hard to see why they passed on Crabtree. Schilens is bigger and faster, has really sticky hands, and plays for 7th round money. It’s a real young offense, but they could be scary good by this time next year.

  11. Dawg Pound says: Aug 14, 2009 5:35 PM

    Agreed with the upside of the Raiders offense this year. The key is whether Russell matures into Daunte Culpepper or Vince Young. If the former, these guys could really light it up. The Raiders are looking pretty bright for passing Crabs now. They have a top-notch backfield when all are healthy. Hopefully Russell seizes the opportunity.

  12. 909RaiderLifer says: Aug 14, 2009 5:55 PM

    test.

  13. 909RaiderLifer says: Aug 14, 2009 6:04 PM

    1st. team Defense scares the hell out of me, Marshall still has a lot of work to do breaking them of the bad habits learned from Robbo.
    Sorry Fargas, but you need to go to 3rd. string, D-Mac, and Bush must get more touches.
    Chaz is the real deal, catches damn near everything thrown his way. Keep an eye on this kid Nick Miller, could be the sleeper that sticks around when final cuts have to be made.
    ONE NATION!

  14. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 6:14 PM

    “Anybody else see how the Raiders bitch slapped the Cowgirls?”
    I did! Come the regular season, you can make a template and just put a big ______ there instead of “Raiders”. Just fill it in with whatever team they played that week, and viola!

  15. VoxVeritas says: Aug 14, 2009 6:56 PM

    Or you could just bash their teeth in with the butt of your rifle.

  16. as big as a hat says: Aug 14, 2009 7:55 PM

    Even in the preseason last year, Russell looked like the poised vet compared to Young when they played. That’s not a compliment to Russell. Vince just looked that bad.

  17. moral-authority says: Aug 14, 2009 10:28 PM

    Yeah, he had a good preseason last year, too. Marshall Faulk? Get the F*ck outta here! Let him play a full season first. He can’t even be mentioned in the same class as Adrian Peterson, who, if you really know, got him the money he got. AP put running backs high in the following draft. Razorback? How about Paperback ’til he proves he can get hit by Merriman & the kid from SF for a season or two. His Razorback teammate Felix Jones didn’t last either. the NFL ain’t Miss. State or Vanderbuilt.

  18. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Aug 15, 2009 8:03 AM

    # Jackal138 says: August 14, 2009 6:14 PM
    “Anybody else see how the Raiders bitch slapped the Cowgirls?”
    I did! Come the regular season, you can make a template and just put a big ______ there instead of “Raiders”. Just fill it in with whatever team they played that week, and viola!
    # VoxVeritas says: August 14, 2009 6:56 PM
    Or you could just bash their teeth in with the butt of your rifle.
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    You bitches will be crying in your chewing tobacco come November 26th, mark it down.
    Raider Nation’s coming to town.

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