Is Darren McFadden Turning Into JaMarcus Russell?

August 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

No, I don’t expect Darren McFadden to put on a bunch of weight and start sippin’ sizzurp. He is, however, starting to enter Bust Territory. In two seasons, McFadden has run for a mere 856 yards with five rushing touchdowns.

He has salvaged some of his reputation by adding 530 receiving yards, but 1,386 total yards should be a single-season output for a guy that ran for 4,590 yards (nearly 5,000 total yards) with 41 touchdowns (plus two receiving and seven passing) and became the fourth pick of the 2008 draft.
McFadden missed his second straight preseason game because of a hamstring injury, which is troubling for a guy that has missed seven games in his first two seasons. Not only is he missing the games, but he’s missing practice, which could cement Michael Bush as the Raiders’ primary ball carrier.
Bush was the better runner last year, averaging 4.8 yards on 123 carries compared to McFadden’s 3.4 average on 104 carries. McFadden is bette...

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