Darren McFadden expected back, but Raiders will keep running Rashad Jennings


The Raiders have seen running back Darren McFadden get hurt many times over the years and they usually find themselves waiting impatiently for his return because of the impact his absence has on the running game.

That hasn’t been the case this year, however. McFadden has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, which has opened the door for Rashad Jennings to me the lead dog in the backfield. Jennings has made the most of the opportunity, gaining 553 yards on offense since McFadden was injured during the team’s November 3 loss to the Eagles.

That’s the most yards of anyone in the league over that period and Jennings has averaged 5.1 yards per carry, a good bit better than the 3.6 yards McFadden is averaging. Coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that Jennings’ production will keep him front and center in the offense even if McFadden makes his expected return to the lineup on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.

“You can’t deny Rashad Jennings over the last month of the season has led the NFL in yards from scrimmage,” Allen said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I think he’s earned the right and deserves the right to continue to get his carries and touches and we’ll still do that.”

McFadden’s contract is up after the season and it’s hard to see the Raiders recommitting to him after another season plagued by injuries that saw them find a ground game elsewhere. Jennings is also set to become a free agent and his work should earn him a nice bump from his $630,000 contract this year whether it comes in Oakland or somewhere else.

13 responses to “Darren McFadden expected back, but Raiders will keep running Rashad Jennings

  1. This is a no brainer too, like starting McLovin.

    McFadden can spell Jennings, Jennings has been awesome.

  2. He may be a good change of pace back somewhere, but he hasn’t showed the durability to be a feature back anywhere and definitely not at feature back money.

  3. Over the past two weeks, Jennings has not allowed a single pressure on the quarterback. That was a total of 21 snaps – 10 vs Houston, 11 vs Tennessee – in which he has perfect pass blocking. This can be attributed to his abilites…as well as McGlovin getting rid of the ball in 2.4 seconds.

  4. McGloin sucks! Pryor has a huge ceiling and M&M’s gets batted back in his face! DMac is expendable and Jennings needs to be signed! Dallas will expose M&M’s true intangibles and eat him for lunch while he sits in the pocket like a statue ham sandwich. No mobility or or ability to extend plays. Put Pryor behind this new healthy line for the first time all year and give him his dues! DA can kiss my ads. His production has been horrible!

  5. McFadden has great athletic ability, and undeniable speed. He is not a leader by any stretch of the imagination. He’s not dependable and seems satisfied chewing sunflower seeds in a t-shirt during the games. I wish him well, but his act is old and tired in Oaktown.

  6. For all the lovers and haters of #14, it’s all going to be put on display for a national audience tomorrow. The entire nation will have a clearer image of #14 when the game is over.

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