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 impressed with Darren McFadden

The Oakland Raiders have given running back Darren McFadden one more chance to prove he’s not a bust and the veteran is clearly taking his opportunity seriously.

McFadden has been plagued by injuries his whole career and hasn’t amounted to what many thought he could be, but there’s hope in Oakland that this upcoming 2014 campaign could be what the running back needs to finally rebound and show off the back he’s capable of being.

According to ESPN.com, the Raiders are impressed with McFadden so far, stating that he’s running better than he ever has which is encouraging for what could be a bounce back season for the running back.

“I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I’ve seen him run it since I’ve been here. I think he’s probably more explosive than I’ve seen him since I’ve been here. I think part of that is that he’s remained healthy throughout the offseason, throughout training camp. There haven’t been any kind of nicks or nagging little deals that have slowed him down. So, hopefully that trend will continue because I’ve seen a lot of positives in what he’s done in the running game.”

The Raiders need McFadden to have a big year because the team in general needs to have a big year. The addition of Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t mean McFadden will see a decreased role and it may actually end up being the one thing he needed his whole career — a tandem.

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