Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
|RB - #23||OAK||Active||7 years||26||6'1||218||@dmcfadden20|
2013 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-26-2013 by Shawn Larabee
A change in offensive coordinator will mercifully move McFadden away from the zone blocking scheme that hamstrung his production in 2012. After averaging just under 59 yards per game in Greg Knapp's scheme, he'll be looking forward to more north-south running under new OC Greg Olson. His numbers will improve, but he likely won't make the leap to elite status until Oakland shores up its offensive line.
Back in January, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it pretty clear that he would much rather re-sign Rashad Jennings than Darren McFadden if he had to choose between his running backs. Well, Jennings is on his way out of town, so it looks like McKenzie had to settle for McFadden. And McFadden had to settle for a "prove it" contract.
According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area via a source, the Raiders have re-signed McFadden to a one-year deal. It is worth $4 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
McFadden, of course, is coming off a season that was just like all of his previous NFL seasons: marred by injury. He started the Raiders' first eight games before missing five of the next six due to hamstring and ankle injuries. By year's end, he was playing as a backup to Jennings.
It's an OK deal for both player and team, just a little surprising since McFadden's departure seemed to be a given not long ago. But Jennings got away, so things changed.
I loved McFadden going into last season, believing that the Raiders return to a power run scheme would revitalize McFadden after one down season in a zone-blocking scheme. But that didn't happen. Not only did McFadden get hurt yet again, he averaged the same yards per carry as 2012 (3.3). Although he will be only 27 years old this August, you have to wonder if McFadden is simply worn down by a career defined by injuries. It clear that he needs to be part of a committee rather than a workhorse. We'll just have to see who the Raiders tab to replace Jennings. The in-house replacement right now is second-year player Latavius Murray, whom head coach Dennis Allen likes. Marcel Reece is also on the roster. I'm done betting that next season will finally be the one McFadden's body holds up.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/11 - Raiders re-sign RB Darren McFadden to 1-year deal
3/10 - McFadden seems to be the favorite of the RB free agents
3/4 - Raiders head coach is 'anxious' to see RB Latavius Murray play
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.07||The Huddle - When healthy, McFadden is a top-5 talent; of course, he's never managed to stay healthy, which is why he's still on the board here. But with running backs being picked clean and a plethora of second-tier WRs still available, he's an acceptable risk.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|4.01||Bruno Boys - I regretted this pick immediately after making it. I was already strong at running back and the format dictates that it?s preferable to play WRs at the flex positions. The problem is that I really like McFadden this season and I quite honestly don?t want others to have him. With the zone blocking system abolished and the power running scheme reinstalled, McFadden should flirt with elite numbers again for as many games as he can stay on the field. I think what really makes him valuable in ppr formats is that if he ever finishes a season, DMC?s a lock for 50+ receptions. Looking back, the pick here was Victor Cruz, the last of the really elite young PPR receivers.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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