This is the time of year to experiment, or at least to see if an idea is disastrous enough to not waste training camp time on.
McFadden’s role as a runner figured to be reduced at least somewhat this year by the addition of veteran Maurice Jones-Drew.
But McFadden’s role is annually reduced by McFadden, as the former first-rounder hasn’t played a 16-game season yet. He hasn’t returned a kick or a punt in an NFL game in his career.
He has the requisite speed to be a dynamic returner, but there’s nothing in his resume that speaks to such a move making him more durable.