The 10-11 NFL Season: Is This Mcfaddens Breakout Season?

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the the ball during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In 2008 the Raiders took Darren Mcfadden, running back out of Arkansas. He had some high expectations, which he has not lived up to yet. In his two year career he has rush for 856 yards, 5 touchdowns, and an average of 3.9 yards per carry. Now you look at that and some of you will immediately say he is a bust. 

Well, it's hard to judge a book by it's cover. It's even harder to judge a football player in a Raiders uniform. Mcfadden has also been injured alot, the thing that had to make it tougher for Mcfadden is that the main focus for defenses was the running game, because the passing game was so inefficient that defenses didn't have to worry about it all.

But I look at this upcoming season as Mcfaddens breakout season. Because now the defenses will be more cautious when defending the passing game, now that Jason Campbell is under center. Also the Raiders picked up offensive tackle Bruce Campbell in the 4th round which I think will help the offensive line significantly and should really help boost Mcfaddens production.  

Justin Fargas who was the number one running back on the depth chart is no longer with the Raiders which leaves only Mcfadden and Bush as the only two running depth chart ( the only two that I know of) which you got two expect maybe 15 to 20 carries for Darren Mcfadden. 

Prediction: 1278 rushing yards, 7 (or 8) rushing touchdowns