Jul 28, 2014; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) carries the ball at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders change Darren McFadden's weight room routine to keep him healthy

There’s no question that Darren McFadden, despite the acquisition of Maurice Jones-Drew this offseason, is an integral part of the Oakland Raiders offense this season. But what’s also important is keeping McFadden healthy, something that he has not been able to do throughout his career.

As part of the mission to keep him on the field more, the Raiders have changed up the routine that McFadden goes through in the weight room with the iron.

Now this is a smart move, although there are some that would say the main reason that McFadden can’t stay healthy is due to his upright approach to the running game, not what he does in the weight room.

What else will help is the fact that Jones-Drew is around now. While McFadden is still projected to be the starting running back on the depth chart, he’ll be splitting a good majority of the snaps with MJD, which will dramatically decrease his chances of injury.

But, at the very least, changing up the workout routine is a good way to stay ahead of the curve as the season rapidly approaches.

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