The Three Headed Monster Of The Raider Nation
Justin Fargas, Michael Bush, and Darren McFadden: Also known as finesse, power and speed. It's really a case of teams having to pick their poison - who do you prepare for and can you ever fully prepare for them all at the same time? Anything is possible, but highly doubtful. NFL running backs have two primary jobs: eat the clock and score touchdowns. It is a strategy used by many teams like San Diego, Denver, and New England.
Oakland has risen to exciting levels by the drafting of Darren McFadden. Yes, I have heard the comments from so many, "why take another running back when you already have four?" Well yes Oakland did have four and technically still do (McFadden, Fargas, Bush, and Jordan. Dominic Rhodes was released the day after the NFL Draft).
As training camp draws near one of the other 31 teams will be in need of LaMont Jordan's talents and with any luck Jordan will be traded away then leaving behind the "three headed monster.
But like all good things, questions still arise; Can Fargas repeat the exciting season he had last year before getting injured? Has Bush's leg fully recovered and how will he perform come game time having not played a down of competitive football in almost two years? But the biggest question of all is if Darren McFadden will live up to all the hype, and is he as good as everyone thinks.
Those are all very good questions, but before I give my take on Fargas and Bush I must ask if had McFadden been drafted by the likes of the New England Patriots or the Dallas Cowboys, would anyone question how good he is or could be? I always seems like anyone who goes to Oakland immediately becomes sub-par or questioned.
It happened with Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, and countless others. So to answer the question on "Run-DMC"; his numbers speak volumes and he is he Heisman runner up two times, I am sure he will do just fine in Silver and Black
As for Fargas and Bush, in both the mini camps and OTC's they impressed the coaches but they both will see action on August 8, when they compete in the Raiders first preseason game against the San Francisco Forty Niners. Until that time it really is unknown just how good this trio of backs will do, but know this if they perform even half as good as predicted the Oakland running backs will be an exciting trio to watch and draft as fantasy football players.
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