Oakland Raiders‘ runningback Darren Mcfadden has been prone to injury in each of his six seasons with the team.
Entering the fifth week of the NFL season, the Raiders have a desperate need to get some consistent offensive production, and their star runningback is out with an injury again. To date, Mcfadden hasn’t played more than 13 games in any season since entering the league.
The former 2008 first round pick out of Arkansas is one of the most well-rounded backs in the league, when healthy.
Mcfadden is a home run hitter at running back, averaging 4.3 yards per carry through out his career, but his single 1,000-yard season was in 2010, despite being the clear-cut number one back every year. He is equally as impressive in the passing game, averaging 9.1 yards per catch.
His injuries drastically hurt the Raiders, who win 10 percent more of the time when he is healthy.
The Raiders managed a stellar running game through the first two weeks of the season with a healthy Mcfadden, but without him the Raiders’ running game is below average.
When you don’t have consistently healthy players to build your team around, it leaves coaching staff scrambling to find a replacement and creates holes in the game plans.
It’s no wonder Oakland has been so embarrassing on offense when they’re stuck having to start players like Mike Goodson and Rashad Jennings at runningback.
Many people would like to see Oakland rebuild during next year’s offseason with their $69 million in cap space. Runningback would be a great direction for Oakland to go first in next year’s draft, and I could see Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie doing it.
The silver and black have long held the motto “Commitment to Excellence”. I believe it’s time they started making decisions that will benefit their franchise. Holding on to an overpaid and injury-prone back, who half of the time doesn’t suit up, only hurts this organization. Clear up some cap space and get a back who is going to play every game for you.
Mcfadden needs to be traded while he still has some value. Somebody is willing to give up a couple of draft picks for him.
Oakland needs to start shopping.