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Darren McFadden is “back and ready to go”

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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Darren McFadden on a football field, but his coach feels confident that the wait won’t stretch through this year’s offseason activities.

Dennis Allen isn’t allowed to work with players on the field until later this month. He said that he’s been hearing good things about McFadden’s status from the team’s strength and conditioning coaches, however.

“I am told that he’s back and ready to go,” Allen said, via Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

McFadden didn’t play after Week Seven last season because of a foot injury. He revealed earlier this week in a radio interview that it was a Lisfranc injury, but said that he isn’t planning to change his style in light of the injury.

The Raiders might want to make sure that’s the best course of action. With Michael Bush in Chicago, the team isn’t quite as well stocked in the backfield as they were last season. Mike Goodson came over in a trade and Taiwan Jones will be in his second year, but neither one has quite the resume that Bush took with him to the Bears.

If everyone’s healthy, the Raiders could have an explosive offense next season. McFadden’s status will have a lot to do with making that happen.

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  1. reesesteel23 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    Not hoping he gets hurt this season…but my moneys on that he will…

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 6, 2012 1:33 PM

    McFadden is a stud…too bad he plays in a craphole like Oakland..the only place worse would be Philly.

  3. outerspace23 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    Get ready for another year where McFadden gets injured.

  4. humb0lt says: Apr 6, 2012 1:37 PM

    If McFadden is healthy and Jamaal Charles returns fully recovered from his ACL tear, and with Ryan Mathews entering his third season, the AFC West is going to feature an impressive trio of running backs in 2012.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 6, 2012 1:39 PM

    Arian Foster exploded in the Texans offense, if RUNDMC gets plugged into that equation… all of RaiderNation is hoping for a big year.

  6. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly

  7. Chairman Al says: Apr 6, 2012 1:47 PM

    Taiwan Jones is lightning in the backfield. He could run laps around most RBs. The problem is, he can’t block to save his life…or his QB’s.

    Bush was a monster; he could protect the QB. Jones is a liability to Palmer. It will be interesting to see if he develops.

  8. autumnwind999 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:54 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly

    ——————————–

    LOL.

    Cassell probably isn’t even the best QB on his own team.

    The Chiefs should be a decent team. I think that they are probably the Raiders’ stiffest competition in the division at this point, but let me set you straight:

    McFadden (when healthy) > Charles or any other back in the league.

    Taiwan Jones > Hillis
    (Goodson will be the No. 3 RB in Oakland)

  9. khmer379 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:54 PM

    AP>Mcfadden

  10. justwinbaby29 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:55 PM

    If McFadden ever plays a full 16 game season (big if) the Raiders offense will be top 5 in the NFL.

    Raiders have lost pieces but other than Michael Bush they were on a horrible defense (granted Kamerion Wimbley would have been good with a decent DC).. the Raiders will be more than competitive in 2012 and could win the AFC West!

  11. raiders11 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    He better be ready to play..we need him this season

  12. tdrundmc says: Apr 6, 2012 2:03 PM

    McFadden is a top 3 RB in the NFL…too bad he can’t stay healthy.

  13. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Apr 6, 2012 2:08 PM

    hes good and ready to go until the first game of the preseason haha, his turf toe will flare up again or an in grown nail and knowing mcfadden hell be out most of the season but he should be ready for the playoffs!!……oh wait… ahahaha

  14. spellingcopfather says: Apr 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    Why are fans of teams other then the Raiders, rushing to comment on a Raiders Topic, SMDH!!!

  15. r8rsfan says: Apr 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM
    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly

    You must be floating around the porcelain princess in that bathroom waiting to ride the rapids. That’s just nonsense right there.

  16. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:24 PM

    They NEED to find a way to get RB Taiwan Jones MORE involved this year to spell McFadden.

    The last thing you want, is him to go down AGAIN…..

  17. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 6, 2012 2:29 PM

    Darren McFadden =best running back in football…if the NFL season was only 7 weeks long.Hes never completed an entire season in his NFL career and unless he’s flu d some sort of new age treatment it’s doubtful he’ll last the entire year next year.Its not as if he gets 25-30 carries a game either and is just beat up.he’s not durable and i wish the Raiders would have explored trading him for a draft pick.

  18. rdrllldubk says: Apr 6, 2012 2:39 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM
    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly

    ————————————————–

    Charles=never be the same
    Hillis=1 year wonder, lacks break away speed

    Cassell<Orton (shoulda kept him instead)=Quinn wins job

    Chiefs havent done anything since SB IV!!!!!

  19. realfootballfan says: Apr 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    McFadden’s career was stuck in the mud until Hue Jackson came to town. Something tells me that it’ll be going back the other way with the return of Greg Knapp, his horrible offense, and the replacement of running plays that McFadden himself explained to Jackson when he got to Oakland that “we just don’t do here with the Raiders” in order to get back to Knapp zone blocking ball that just doesn’t suit him,

    Wonder how long and far the Raiders will fall before Al Davis’ clown son cashes out and this clueless new regime are shown the door.

    Al Davis left the team with a good HC, all you needed to do was get him a real DC and a personnel guru, but I guess we’re in for the west coast version of how far can “That Legendary Franchise Fall” (to go with the Dolphins, Redskins, and Browns versions of the show.

  20. lostking1 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    A better O line keeps Mcfadden healthy. when he had to create and blast through people to make holes it makes it hard for him to last a whole season. I like the young studs on O line( Wiz, and Veldeer). Barnes needs to prove himself as a run blocker this year.

    I hope the best for Bush. he was a productive back and had reliable hands. However, I did notice he had trouble in pass coverage. that plus the fact that the team could not afford him resulted in him going to chicago. Mcfadden is awesome in pass protection. I am too nervous about goodson and Jones. Tawian Jones is very shifty but goes down as easily as Mcfadden did in his early years.

  21. racerx1225 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    kathyisintheroom says: Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly
    _____________________________________

    Ignorance is bliss.

    We have way more talent than KC on both sides of the ball.

    DMac, the best in the league when healthy, Ford, Moore, DHB, Reece, the best FB in the league by far, Ausberry is showing he has good hands and Goodson had 3 back to back 1000 yd seasons till he pulled his hammy.

    Cassel doesnt look like he will ever be as good as Carson and Id stack our off line against yours any day.

  22. lostking1 says: Apr 6, 2012 2:43 PM

    The fresno state back Lonyae Miller might turn some heads. He was a monster for the Bulldogs!

  23. dannymac17 says: Apr 6, 2012 3:14 PM

    Back and Ready to go…Until week 6 and he hurts himself and someone elses fantasy championship run.

    Thanks DMac…for nothing.

    This guy is brittle, him and Matthews are made of glass

  24. bwisnasky says: Apr 6, 2012 3:19 PM

    Contract year.. he’s guaranteed to stay healthy….

  25. radrntn says: Apr 6, 2012 3:31 PM

    say what you want about Bush, but one thing is for sure, he can’t run a 4.2 40 like Taiwan Jones can

  26. radrntn says: Apr 6, 2012 3:34 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    Apr 6, 2012 1:43 PM
    The Raiders don’t have the talent on offense that K.C. does.

    Charles > McFadden
    Hillis > Goodson

    Cassell > washed up Carson

    Bowe , Moeaki, plus a better defense means the Chiefs will win the division clearly
    _______________________________

    Oh thats funny, maybe you need a kicker who dosen’t get their kicks blocked twice in a game….

  27. villa41 says: Apr 6, 2012 4:00 PM

    McFadden is the key to the offense in 2012, no doubt. Sure, he’s had his share of injuries. But come on, the injuries he’s had are not a joke for a running back. You can’t cut, explode, and push off with turf toe and a Lisfranc injury. I attribute it to just bad luck. We’ll see this year for sure.

    Oh about the running plays, McFadden is an ELITE back. He can run in any system, and Knapp is smart enough to incorporate the plays DMAC prefers in the run game. Oakland is going to hang is hat on the run game this season using play action off it in the passing game. The offensive line is much better (in fact one of the league’s best now) than Knapp’s first go around, and let’s not forget one other thing – a big one. A certain guy named Russell isn’t around anyone. Defenses have to respect both the run and pass now, unlike before when it was 8 or 9 in the box on just about every play. Defenses were daring Russell to beat them with his arm, and he couldn’t.

    Last thing, the Raiders have the best roster top to bottom in the division. I agree the Chiefs are probably the biggest challenge for the division title, but the Raiders have better overall talent and a solid coaching staff now to go with the talent. If the Raiders can stay healthy, (like any team), they win this division and it won’t be a surprise to the people who really know football.

  28. 49tinakane says: Apr 6, 2012 4:04 PM

    Mcfadden a top 3 back? please hes not even a top 20 back, 4 years of stats =2627 yards and 16 tds- aver per season 656 yards pers season 4 td, i could care less if injured or not its a measure of how good you are, he cant stay healthy nor has he put up huge numbers when healthy, you guys all must be on something to say hes A. either the best back in the league, B a top 3 back, cuz hes neither stats will back this up….BOXED

  29. jgrange says: Apr 6, 2012 4:08 PM

    Watching Darren McFadden run over a defender into the open field is like art and it just sucks watching him get hurt year after year. I’m hoping the Raiders invest some money into researching a better shoe for his injury prone feet. I think the Raiders got a new strength and conditioning coach as well so I hope that team of coaches prepares these uber fast players with workouts that promote durability as half the speed guys last year had hamstring injuries at one point or another.

    Michael Bush had a pedestrian ypc last year and ran out of steam towards the end of the year because he couldn’t handle all of the load. I don’t know why him leaving is a big deal. He’s a good backup, no question, but backups can be replaced. Bush was more dangerous spelling McFadden than he was carrying the load once McFadden went down. The Raiders could miss that production but Bush as a starter wasn’t so great after a while.

    Taiwan Jones looks like a faster Danny Woodhead, imo, but he still has to prove it. Very fast, short guy that can get lost by defensive lineman and make quick cuts that confuse them even more because they can’t see him behind the o-line. I can see him and Goodson providing a good cushion for McFadden. Couple them with Reece and the entire backfield could be threats from the backfield because they all have decent hands. I want to see more of Taiwan this preseason to see what he really has in his skillset.

  30. souldogdave says: Apr 6, 2012 4:21 PM

    Lots of hate for the Raiders here! I love it, because it means our opponents are SCARED STIFF. Look out you KC fools, between the Raiders and the Manning Broncos you and aging SD will be powerless. Matt Cassel?Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

  31. souldogdave says: Apr 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    Why are 49er fans here? Most of my 49er fan friends wouldn’t be caught dead on a Raider comment, but they are FROM here, not out-of-cali losers.

  32. raidermick says: Apr 6, 2012 4:45 PM

    Anyone can get hurt anytime, anywhere, anyway you can think it up.

    That said the Raiders will go throught the AFC west like a knife through butter on a hot day.

    We win it all this year! We are the Bomb and everyone knows it. Thats why you see so many haters here. This articles head line got their freakin attention. Why, because everuone knows the next Bo Jackson is about to happen. The only difference… Mcfadden already had the the injury that kept a ring away. Now he will dominate just like Bo used to….

    Late…

  33. turkjones says: Apr 6, 2012 6:02 PM

    Marcel Reece doesn’t get near enough credit for the success of the Raiders’ ground success …. Terrific playmaker too…. I could see him situationally filling some of Bush’s former roles

  34. slickster35 says: Apr 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    With the injury history, McFadden is officially a bust, considering his draft position. Only delusional faider fans think any differently.

    As to Jamaal Charles, McFadden couldn’t carry his jock on his best day ever. A healthy Charles is easily the best RB in the league. The numbers he puts up are insane, and only Jim Brown is in the same company in league history. Look it up, the facts don’t lie.

    Now to the dumbest thing posted in this thread. KC’s defense is so far ahead of the faiders that they’re not even in the same professional league. Other than DT, the Chiefs are superior at EVERY position. Your defensive backfield is probably the worst in the league, while KC has a top 5 backfield, at worst.

    I’ll give you the QB position by default. Cassel sucks, but Palmer is a pick 6 machine, so it’s almost a push. Our O-line is better at every position, and our WR’s are all better than anything you out out there.

    As usual, the faiders are ALWAYS preseason champions. Then reality hits, and you faider fans realize the sad truth. Your team is terrible. It wasn’t very good the last two years, and now it’s considerably worse. Enjoy the basement dead Al has put you in for the better part of the next decade.

  35. raiderapologist says: Apr 6, 2012 7:05 PM

    49tinakane says: Apr 6, 2012 4:04 PM

    Mcfadden a top 3 back? please hes not even a top 20 back, 4 years of stats =2627 yards and 16 tds- aver per season 656 yards pers season 4 td, i could care less if injured or not…

    I think he was leading the league when he went down last season. He hasn’t been durable or very productive, but when healthy he shows elite skills. Violent, physical runner, good receiver, excellent pass blocker. He just needs to stay on his feet for a full season.

  36. raiderapologist says: Apr 6, 2012 7:26 PM

    slickster35 says: Apr 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    As usual, the faiders are ALWAYS preseason champions. Then reality hits, and you faider fans realize the sad truth. Your team is terrible. It wasn’t very good the last two years, and now it’s considerably worse. Enjoy the basement dead Al has put you in for the better part of the next decade.

    It doesn’t take the better part of a decade to turn any team around. The Queefs haven’t even sniffed a championship since 1970, yet their delusional fans bark every spring about how it would take a plane crash to keep them from a ring. Woof.

  37. slickster35 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:45 PM

    McFadden is as soft as a marshmallow. He’ll never lead the league in rushing, because he’ll never be a full time player. The faiders blew it big by letting Bush walk. He was easily the best RB on your team. What you have behind McFadden is a joke. A throw away ex Panther, and a midget scatback with NO experience. Relying on Palmer to do it all is no way to go about being successful. Theres no way you sniff .500.

  38. villa41 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:56 PM

    slickster35 says:Apr 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    ———————————————-

    DMAC couldn’t carry Charles’ jock? Sure. Let me see, DMAC was leading the league in rushing last season before he went down. He can can block, catch short check downs and turn them into 60 yard TD’s, and run around OR over people. As for Charles, I watched enough of his games as a division opponent to know he’s a one trick pony – one cut upfield to try to burn you with his speed. Let’s see about that speed coming back from an ACL.

    As for the fantasy that the Chiefs have a better roster, I’ll take some of the stuff you’re smoking. KC has an advantage with its receiving core and with Moeaki at TE, but that’s about it. A better OL – please don’t make me laugh. Oakland is much better along both the OL and DL, and that’s where you win games, son. KC had a nice secondary at one point, but that was before Berry tore himself up and Carr get away. You think picking up our garbage (i.e., Routt) is the answer? Keep dreaming. The guy isn’t that good. Oh yeah, how about Glenn Dorsey, speaking of a draft bust. I can’t wait to see us blow this chump off the ball twice this season, just like every year.

  39. raiderapologist says: Apr 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    slickster35 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:45 PM

    Theres no way you sniff .500.

    They were .500 last season with a terrible, undisciplined defense and a rag-armed quitter at quarterback. Queef fans are just praying their headless chicken QB and one-legged second coming of Jim Brown can win the division by default, because that is the best they can do.

  40. slickster35 says: Apr 6, 2012 9:52 PM

    Villa is the typical faid fan. All mouth, no facts to back it up.

    First of all, Charles averages 6 YPC. McFadden could only dream of doing that, ever. He’s also not injured every season, like the marshmallow boy. Try no trick pony riding the pine, because thats what McFadden is.

    As far as O-lines go, please tell me one single lineman you have thats better than the Chiefs starters. Also, we picked up one of the best right tackles in football as a free agent, our only glaring weakness.

    I guess you have no idea that they can fix ACL’s now, or you wouldn’t make such a stupid comment about the best young safety in football, which Berry is. Also, we added Routt as our #2 corner, and he’s still miles ahead of any CB on your entire roster. It goes without saying that Flowers is the best CB in the division. Even our free safety, Lewis is better than anything you have in the backfield.

    You seriously need to go check out a stat site on D-linemen. Glenn Dorsey is rated in the top ten in rushing against, along with Tyson Jackson. Running a 3-4, we rush the QB with our outside LBers, and Hali is better than any outside rusher the faid have probably ever had in their history. Like I said, you have better D tackles, thats about it. None of your linebackers could start a down on the Chiefs. Derrick Johnson, nuff said.

    Like I said, the offseason is always the same thing with you faider fans. And now you think a first time head coach and new GM are going to do anything in the division? Add to that all the guys you had to dump because of salary implications, and replaced with pure garbage and I think we all know where your team is headed. Enjoy taking the draft off too, while we’ll be adding a lot of new young talent to our already young and talented team.

    PS: LOL@Dave Tollefson….congrats on that major addition!!!

  41. raiderapologist says: Apr 6, 2012 10:17 PM

    If Routt was still a Raider, Queef fans like dickster would be trashing him instead of talking him up. Queen fans are nothing but used mobile home salesmen.

  42. jgrange says: Apr 6, 2012 10:24 PM

    Your team had a losing record last year. Why are you even speaking?

  43. commitment2excrement says: Apr 6, 2012 11:00 PM

    “Back and ready to go!”
    – Until he sneezes…

  44. slickster35 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:37 AM

    Routt was a #1 CB last year, something he’ll never be. He’s a great #2 though, as you already know.

    Yeah, my team had a losing record last season. Some of that had to do with injury, other with poor coaching. The injured are coming back, and the coaching has improved.

    Your crappy team has a losing decade. The worst team in the NFL in fact. You haven’t done ANYTHING to change that. Why are you ever speaking?

  45. villa41 says: Apr 7, 2012 2:35 AM

    slickster35 says:Apr 6, 2012 9:52 PM

    Villa is the typical faid fan. All mouth, no facts to back it up.

    ———————————————————-

    First, the stats. Raiders averaged 4.5 yards per rush last year (tied for 7th best in the league) and gave up only 25 sacks (tied for 3rd best). The Queefs averaged 3.9 yards per rush (26th in the league), and gave up 34 sacks (9th best). The Raider OL is clearly better than the Queefs based on these two basic but important indicators of how good an OL is. On the defensive side, the Raiders had 39 sacks (without injured Shaughnessy – one of the team’s best pass rushers), while the Queefs had only 29. Oakland wasn’t so good in most of the other defensive categories, but new D schemes, coaching and a few relplacements for the dead weight on D should go a long way.

    Now the players. Winston is a decent RT. We picked up Brisiel (the Texans former RG). Pretty much a wash there. As for the rest of the line, you must not actually watch the games and watch the coaches tape (on NFL Network) after the games. I’ll take any one of the rest of the Raiders OL over the Queefs. They are simply better run blockers and pass protectors. On defense, Glenn Dorsey is one of the best DL’s in the League against the run? Really?? Jackson too? Lol. Says who? The Queefs were 26 in the league against the rush giving up 132.00 yards per game, right ahead of the Raiders at number 27 (136.1 yards per game). Yeah, Dorsey and Jackson are real run stoppers pal. Lol. Sorry, I’ll keep believing my eyes, as I see them get blown off the ball twice a year by the Raiders OL manhandling them. Hali’s a stud, but too bad he’s about it for your front seven. Derrick Johnson is OK, but he scares no one in the middle of the defense. And about those ACL’s, yeah, they can be fixed. Will the players be the same, though? Those are pretty significant injuries, even in this day and age, for players like Charles and Berry that really on speed, quickness, and cutting ability. You better hope they both are the same, because if they aren’t it’s 5-11 and another year bottom feeding in the West.

  46. slickster35 says: Apr 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    I guess you missed the part where Jamaal Charles played ONE game last year? Our 3rd stringer was starting. Go look at 2010s YPC #’s. Thats a better indication of whats about to happen this season. The sack stat included Barry Richardson. He’s gone now, replaced by Winston. You know, the “decent’ RT that was the hottest tackle commodity on the market? LOL @ you thinking Brisiel is a wash. Nobody wanted him but you, which is why you got him.

    You really need to cash that welfare check and get an account at Pro Football Focus, the premire stat site on the net. They break down each player at each position. The “stats” hold more truth than your “eye test”. Losing Wimbley should help you too.

    And about Derrick Johnson. Your team looked a little scared of him while he was stuffing your pathetic run game THREE STRAIGHT DOWNS at the goal line.

    As far as recovery from ACL tears go, I’d rather that than the dreaded lisfranc. But you’ll find that out soon because McFadden will be saddled with that the rest of his very average career.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see on who’s left in the basement. Vegas says it’s your crap team.

  47. jgrange says: Apr 7, 2012 9:57 PM

    Raiders had more injuries than the Chiefs did and still had a better record with a QB who never went through training camp or even had 10 practices before being placed on the field. You’re pathetic.

  48. steel2372 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:38 PM

    His running style doesn’t last too many years in the NFL unfortunately

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