Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) rushes for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders could make Darren McFadden kick returner?


For the past few years, Darren McFadden has attempted to stay healthy as the Oakland Raiders starting running back.

He hasn’t exactly succeeded, so what better option than to throw him into the wolves by turning him into your punt and kick return man. That’s something the Raiders are currently exploring as McFadden has been spotted returning kicks at OTA’s according to Vic Tafur on Twitter.

#Raiders RB Darren McFadden got a lot of work returning kicks today. “Anything is an option,” Dennis Allen said.

While the idea of McFadden returning kicks seems a little strange given the violence of the play and the fact that the running back is made of glass, he’s a fantastic vertical runner who could very well emerge as a talented return man all while serving as a change of pace back to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Of course, you immediately fear McFadden suffering yet another injury if he’s to participate on special teams so that’s likely the biggest hurdle/concern from the Oakland coaching staff which could result in McFadden not being given the role.

Still, it’s understandable why they’d try it out during OTA’s and possibly into training camp as McFadden brings with him a set of skills which would seemingly translate well into the return game.

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  • Bob

    No reason not to try this. Most likely his last year in Oakland anyway.

  • Jose

    he will still get injured. Go Raiders!

  • Al_Uno

    I think it could workout well, he would actually be taking less hit than if he was the featured back.

  • Raider Grant

    He could break on impact! Not the grind as being a RB, but a kick returner takes some serious full throttle, bone chilling impacts! Go Raiders