CSN Bay Area stated that Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden “couldn’t be more motivated” heading into the 2013 season. He also called his performance last year, “something that gets your blood boiling.”
I noted earlier in a training camp preview that I fully expect McFadden to have a huge season as the Raiders switch back to the power scheme, and with him being in a contract year, it all spells for great potential. In 2011, McFadden led the NFL in rushing yards before going down with a season-ending lisfranc injury in Week Seven. In that short span, he went over 150 yards in a game twice with four total rushing touchdowns.
With McFadden being so successful in the power scheme, it was very peculiar to see them switch to the zone in 2012 and bring back the same coordinator they had from 2007-2008 in Greg Knapp — we all know how that turned out.
Assuming McFadden re-transitions smoothly, a big season is on the way. His skills and motivation have never been in question, though his health is. Heading into 2013, Oakland has three quarterbacks with under five starts compiled together, a young and unproven receiving core and no visible starting tight end.
All that foretells a massive amount of carries, while McFadden has yet to play a complete NFL season.
For McFadden to do so, he will require big contributions from his primary backup. If Latavius Murray or Rashad Jennings can effectively spell him, will take a lot of pressure off of the sixth-year back.