Darren McFadden a full participant in Raiders’ OTAs

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The Raiders’ organized team activities are underway, and running back Darren McFadden is back in business for the first time since October.

McFadden, who suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in his right foot during the Raiders’ Week Seven loss to the Chiefs last season, was running, catching, cutting and doing every drill on the practice field today, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports.

Corkran reported that McFadden was going strong throughout, including when he was sent deep on a fly pattern late in the practice.

McFadden had a strong 2010 season and appeared to be poised for an even stronger 2011 season before he got hurt. In the Raiders’ first six games he carried 111 times for 610 yards, an average of 5.5 yards a carry and a total that put him on pace for 1,627 yards for the season. (Maurice Jones-Drew led the league with 1,606 rushing yards last season.) If he’s healthy and back to last year’s form, the Raiders have one of the best running backs in the NFL.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen liked what he saw of McFadden.

I thought he looked pretty good,” Allen said. “He’s out here running around and looks like he’s running full speed so I’ve been pleased with the way he’s looked.”

17 responses to “Darren McFadden a full participant in Raiders’ OTAs

  1. He’s a good practice guy and the leagues every offseason paper stat champion. I like how they insinuate that he’d be the leagues rushing leader “if” he was healthy. “If” Carson Palmer wasn’t a loser he’d be good. “If” McCracken was tougher he’d probably have a rushing title. It’s the contact that makes him crack. Classic Al pick.

  2. This dude is a hangnail away from being out of the league.

    Bust city. I’ll put the over/under on games played this season at 5.

  3. RUNDMC hasn’t had any major surgeries. He’ll be fine. And most importantly, he’s due for a healthy season.

  4. McFadden will be fine. He played 13 games in 2010 when he was singlehandedly destroying AFC West defenses. If he gets hurt, our zone blocking scheme means it’ll be easy to plug in Goodson or Jones and keep on rolling. Productive no-name backs work for me.

    Of all the chatter about what we need to pick up on offense, I say you’ll see a new TE in OAK before WR, CB or RB.

    New OC Knapp worries the hell out of me because our offense is fine and he’s changing all kinds of stuff. But he did say this:

    “Having Zach Miller, when we brought him in, he fit in right away. So, we got a little growth to go at the tight end position.”

    That Texans offense needs lots of TEs and H-backs who can block, catch and execute plays with precision. Dreesen, Daniels and crew weren’t speedy but they were always open and effective. I don’t think Ausberry, Myers and Gordon are going to be ready this year.

  5. he is on a 6 yr 60 mil deal… raiders could sign matt forte + fred jackson + MJD and still be under that amount…
    hooray for rookie wage scale…

  6. Hate all u want ladies. We all know you’re just scared. The man is a beast. Oakland will be best in the west in 2012, book it.

  7. @slickster35
    @ other random RAIDER haters

    Don’t you guys have something better to do than troll RAIDERS news? The RAIDERS are on the rise in a division that is far from stellar.

    IF McFadden and Palmer stay healthy, AND the defense plays slightly above average, the RAIDERS will win the AFC West easily.


  8. humb0lt says:
    May 15, 2012 4:27 PM
    1. Mathews. 2. McFadden. 3. Charles. That’s the RB pecking order in the AFC West heading into the 2012 season.

    Holy crap, that’s insane even for you, dumbolt.

  9. humb0lt says: May 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    1. Mathews. 2. McFadden. 3. Charles. That’s the RB pecking order in the AFC West heading into the 2012 season.

    humb0lt needs to change his handle to “homer” after that comment.

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