Its been pretty quiet when it comes to the Oakland Raider RBs. In fact the latest news was the unfortunate release of RB Justin Fargas. So why haven't we heard much about Darren McFadden or even Michael Bush?
Well to begin with Darren McFadden had been used sparingly when Fargas was around. In fact last season, the star Arkansas Razorback RB scored one TD and a mere 357 yds in '09. This should be compared to the 4 TD's he had in '08. The difference was Fargas and a weak O-line.
This year should prove to be favorable for Mcfadden. Mcfadden is a great RB and if you have watched the games you can see that he fights for yards. McFadden knows how to juke and what this writer appreciates is his straight arm attacks. Darren McFadden is a hard and smart running back and WR.
Leadership in the QB position is reason one that the gridiron opens up for McFadden. Last season, the NFL was aware that the Oakland Raiders were not a passing team. There were the great throws to Louis Murphy, but overall the team was lacking. Enter Jason Campbell.
The Raiders are now in a great position since they have two decent QB's competing for the job. Jason has the experience and Gradkowski has the fire! This will be a reward beginning with game one. With a real QB on the field, the defenses will be equally concerned about the Raider WR's (Schilenz, Higgins or Murphy!). McFadden will now get the holes he needs and realistically I can say he should get at least 900 yds.
I say 900 yds. because McFadden shares the backfield with power RB Michael Bush. The tandem RB's will wear down defenses if used properly. Since both QB's are pretty much new to Oakland, I can see a lot of options out the backfield for McFadden. This option will easily provide McFadden with 500 plus catching yards.
Once McFadden gets in to the secondary, he will be virtually uncatchable. McFadden could become another Charlie Garner for the Raiders and if he does then watch out!
Still it has been quiet for the RB's in Oakland and that is fine for now. But once the season starts and the Raiders win more and more games, there should be a lot of Raider highlights featuring McFadden. He hasn't been much of a force in the past but remember that this is a different team.
Tom Cable remained and Hue Jackson has come in to help the O-line. The draft was excellent and many fans out there are really happy that Al has listened to them this year. There's a storm brewing in Oakland and the silence will soon be replaced by a cheering Black Hole. Go Raiders!