Darren McFadden Doubters: Keep Watching

greg pitschSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2008

When Oakland was on the clock in this April's 2008 NFL Draft, many Raiders fans and fans of other teams were quick to judge Al Davis when he selected running back Darren McFadden fourth overall.

There were all sorts of blasts against the 22-year-old from Arkansas. Some of these remarks were, "His legs are too skinny," or "He fumbles too much." Both comments couldn't be justified without depth or facts to back them up.

(AP Photo/The Ottawa Herald, Elliot J. Sutherland)The comment that made me laugh the most when I was firmly behind the notion that Davis would take McFadden was when people claimed that Oakland had enough running backs, and simply didn't need him.'

So here we are, two weeks into the season, and many of you have now realized the reasoning for taking McFadden, because Justin Fargas has never been able to play a full 16-game season, nor will he.

Well, Fargas left the field yesterday with what we are being told is a groin injury. Luckily, we had two strong running backs behind him to carry our offense with 300 team rushing yards. McFadden posted 164 of them, and Michael Bush added 90 more, also sealing the game with a long touchdown at the end of the game.

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(AP Photo/The Ottawa Herald, Elliot J. Sutherland)