The Raiders probably laugh a bitter laugh when they hear that, having burned the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on him.
But so far, the returns have been good on McClain.
“He’s very impressive when he’s out there,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The big thing with him right now is being able to put good days together.
“He’s a big guy. He can run. He’s physical. He’s instinctive. He flashes as a guy who knows what he is doing. He reads things. He strikes the runner. There are a lot of things to like about him, but again it’s still early. He’s got to do it again and again and again.”
McClain’s been dealing with some minor injuries, but the major concern is whether he’s committed to the game this time, after retiring twice. He cited “personal reasons” for walking away from the game, and had an interesting response when asked if he loved football.
“I love life,” he said. “I love life, and football is part of my life, so I love life.”
You’ll pardon us if that doesn’t sound like a man who is burying questions about his dedication, but the Cowboys are in a position where all they can do is hope for the best.