Darren McFadden embraces backup role with Cowboys

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Darren McFadden never lived up to expectations as the fourth overall pick in 2008. In seven seasons with the Raiders, McFadden had only one 1,000-yard season as he missed 29 games with 15 different injuries.

Yet, McFadden, who turns 30 next month, still has a job in the NFL. He has, in fact, embraced his role as Ezekiel Elliott’s backup.

“Obviously I’m going to be a backup guy,” McFadden said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m going to do it. If it’s special teams or whatever, I’m up for it. At the end of the day, it’s a team sport. I’m a team guy. That’s what I love about the game.”

McFadden didn’t even test free agency in the offseason, instead signing a one-year, $980,000 deal that included only $80,000 to sign. The Cowboys are comfortable with him as Elliott’s primary backup considering he rushed for 1,089 yards for them in 2015.

McFadden missed most of last season with a fractured elbow, playing only three games and 48 offensive snaps while getting only 24 carries. He also played 13 snaps on special teams, something the Cowboys ask of their backup running backs.

“It’s tough [not to be the feature back],” McFadden said. “…But at the same time, it’s a team sport. I’ve been around the game long enough to know that eventually someone is going to come in who is going to try to run you out.

“I’m blessed to be 10 years in the league as a running back still playing. It’s one thing I’m very happy about.”

8 responses to “Darren McFadden embraces backup role with Cowboys

  1. What McFadden is really saying is “I’m a 30 year old injury plagued RB who never lived up to expectations and I’m going to be a team player because I’m lucky to even still be in this league.”

  2. Not sure why no one ever looked at him at wide receiver. This guys legs are too skinny for RB and his body cannot take that kind damage. He is fast and can run any route on the tree. He could have been a similar player to A. Bolden.

  3. perfect example of ” what could of been ” for Mcfadden.

    allways find myself rooting for the guy, all the potential to just tear up the NFL in yards if he could stay healthy.

  4. 10 years in the NFL as a running back is WAAAY ahead of the average. Dude sounds grateful to still be getting a payday. Especially considering his injury history.

  5. Wonder Woman got drafted with Tim T., yet even the Globe Trotters wouldn’t sniff that unnamed former QB of ill repute.

    And furthermore, McFadden never developed into the back people thought because he has thin legs. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that a running back needs to be strongest in the lower body. Duh.

  6. He rush for 1000 yards as a starter for us the year before zek came ……HATERS GONNA HATE……..BEST OLINE IN THE NFL…..YALL MADD….😁😁😁😁😁😁…….DROPS THE MIC AND WALKS AWAY

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