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Wed, 01 May 2013 19:34:05 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray will battle for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason, and he is viewed as one to watch since the team had injuries problems at the position a season ago. He said he thinks he runs like teammate RB Darren McFadden, as well as Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, and he uses his power and strength with an upright running style. Murray likes to embarrass defenders with his stiff-arm, or 'The Tave' arm, as his UCF teammates called it.
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:14:35 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said he has not talked with the team about a contract extension and is not sure when the two sides will talk. McFadden is entering the final year of his contract.
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:06:48 -0700
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team is willing to discuss a new contract with RB Darren McFadden before he becomes a free agent next offseason.
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:00:35 -0700
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said he is looking forward to the team's switch to a power blocking scheme in their running game. "This is very exciting for me," McFadden said. "I am the type of guy who likes to go downhill, make a cut and go; that's my thing. We'll mix it up like we used to, and get some zones in there, but for the most part, I will be keeping my shoulders toward the line of scrimmage." McFadden averaged 4.5 yards per carry his first four years when the team used a power blocking scheme.
Fantasy Tip: McFadden struggled in the zone-blocking scheme in 2012 and only produced 707 rushing yards, so the blocking scheme change could help him in 2013. However, McFadden's biggest problem has been with injuries. He has missed 23 games over the past five seasons because of various injuries. He could be a very risky every-week starter next season because of the blocking change and his injury history.
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:12:46 -0700
There has been speculation the Oakland Raiders could be interested in trading RB Darren McFadden in order to acquire extra draft picks. The Raiders do not have a second or fifth-round pick in the NFL Draft. However, McFadden is in the final year of his contract and he is often injured, so the team may not be able to receive a premium pick in return. The Raiders also have a thin backfield and may not be able to afford trading McFadden.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:28:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano said he is excited to work with RB Darren McFadden. When Sparano was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, his quarterbacks coach was David Lee. Lee had been an offensive coordinator at Arkansas when McFadden was running the wildcat package. "They were running McFadden and Felix (Jones) and that group of guys and doing some different things with them so, I don't want to say that word," Sparano said of the wildcat.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:25:45 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he plans to run an attacking offense with a heavy emphasis on playaction, designed to get RB Darren McFadden back on track. Olson also wants to feature FB Marcel Reece.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 06:00:40 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden averaged 3.3 yards a carry this past season, the fewest by a Raiders running back (minimum 150 carries) in franchise history.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:07:05 -0800
New York Jets impending free-agent RB Shonn Greene could be a nice fit for the Oakland Raiders in the offseason if he can be signed at a reasonable cap hit. Greene is a bigger back that would form a nice tandem with RB Darren McFadden. Greene also played for new Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano last season.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:34:03 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team will spend the offseason looking at how to incorporate an offensive scheme around the talents of RB Darren McFadden. "That's one of the things that we're going to look at when we get back to Oakland is we're really going to look at the things that Darren McFadden does really well and we're going to try to ask him to do those things as much as possible, limit the times that we ask him to do some of the things that he may not be as good at," Allen said. "All of us as players have strengths and weaknesses, and we want to try to play to our best players' strengths as much as possible."
Fantasy Tip: Allen's biggest error in his first season as head coach may have been hiring Greg Knapp as his offensive coordinator. Knapp's zone-blocking scheme was not a fit for McFadden; he has shown during his career to be more effective as a downhill runner. The Raiders also didn't exploit McFadden's talents as a receiver enough. Expect those areas to improve in 2013 with a new scheme.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:02:54 -0800
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he is confident RB Darren McFadden will play the final year of his contract with the Raiders.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:27:58 -0800
The Oakland Raiders offense in 2013 will continue to revolve around QB Carson Palmer and RB Darren McFadden. Palmer is due to make $13 million next season, but the Raiders would face a $17 million salary cap hit if they were to let him go. McFadden is due to make $5.6 million in the last year of his contract. Some teams might be interested in trading for McFadden; however, the offers probably wouldn't be that big for an oft-injured back coming off his worst season.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:15:11 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is not looking back to his decision of hiring former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and his zone-blocking scheme. RB Darren McFadden, in particular, struggled with the scheme, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in 2012. "I'm not going to look back and try to say what could have, would have, or should have been," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to what we need to do to try to get this team better in the future."
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:17:20 -0800
The Oakland Raiders could look to trade RB Darren McFadden if they were able to receive a second or third-round draft pick in return. The Raiders currently do not have a second and fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. McFadden could also be asked to take a pay cut.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:57:39 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke with RB Darren McFadden at midseason about reaching out to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and telling him what type of running plays McFadden liked. The Raiders tried to mix in more power-running plays as McFadden struggled with Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. McFadden finished the season with just 707 yards rushing and 3.3 yards per carry. Knapp is expected to be relieved of his duties this week.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 08:30:11 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has eight carries for minus-nine yards on third down and two or less this season. He has lost yardage five times and gained just two first downs.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:33:34 -0800
The Oakland Raiders are 10-2 (3-0 this season) when RB Darren McFadden runs for 100 yards or more in a game.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:27:22 -0800
The Oakland Raiders ran for a season-high 203 yards in their Week 15 win, using a mix of zone-blocking and power runs. RB Darren McFadden amassed 110 yards rushing; RB Mike Goodson added 89 yards.
Fantasy Tip: There are two things we know about McFadden: He can't stay healthy for an entire season and he is much more productive as a downfield runner in a power scheme. McFadden has struggled this season in offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme, just as he did during Knapp's first tenure with the team in the same capacity. If McFadden returns in 2013, do not expect Knapp and the zone scheme to stick around.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:56:34 -0800
Oakland Raiders RBs Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden helped the team to a season-high 203 rushing yards in the Week 15 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Goodson had 13 carries for 89 yards, while McFadden posted 110 rushing yards on 30 carries. QB Carson Palmer had the other four rushing yards on a pair of runs.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:32:28 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 14, and is probable for Week 15.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:44:16 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.
Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:19:56 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:41:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) expects to play in Week 15 after practicing Monday, Dec. 10. "It made my nerves kind of jittery," McFadden said. "(But) it was more of a scare than anything. It was cool today. … I was moving good, making all my cuts. I'm not concerned."
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:59:28 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Dec. 10, despite re-injuring his ankle in Week 14.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:00:09 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he expects RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to be fine after McFadden injured his ankle in the team's Week 14 game.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 06:03:36 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) tweaked his ankle in the game Thursday, Dec. 6, but it's not believed to be as serious as the initial injury.
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:28:15 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5, and is listed as probable for Week 14.
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:22:03 -0800
The Oakland Raiders will likely attack the Denver Broncos out of plenty of two-back and two-tight end looks in their Week 14 game, especially with RB Darren McFadden (ankle) expected to play. It is a strength of the Raiders' offense and it has also been a tough thing for the Broncos to scheme against defensively. Raiders running backs receive plenty of work in the passing game with 33 percent of QB Carson Palmer's completions this season having gone to them, led by FB Marcel Reece's 46 catches. Combined, Oakland tight ends and running backs have 179 receptions this season, or 58.5 percent of Palmer's completions.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:27:30 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 4.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:27:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) is expected to play in the team's Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Dec. 6.
Fantasy Tip: Marcel Reece's fantasy value will take a hit with DMC back in the picture, but Reece's productivity should continue to keep him in the gameplan to spell McFadden. However, he should be considered more of a flex option going forward.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:44:59 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) looked good in practice Tuesday, Dec. 4, according to running backs coach Kelly Skipper. "He looked good today. You could see him cut and bursting off the foot."
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:36:02 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) was on the practice field Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:27:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Sunday, Dec. 2, that he expects RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to play in the Week 14 game Thursday, Dec. 6, against the Denver Broncos.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 12:04:14 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) has been declared inactive for Week 13.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 12:03:14 -0800
The Oakland Raiders have declared RB Darren McFadden, DL Jack Crawford, OG Lucas Nix, RB Mike Goodson, DL Richard Seymour, OT Willie Smith inactive for Week 13.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 07:54:25 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) is unlikely to play during Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns. McFadden, who was limited this week during practice, was listed as questionable for the game and there was optimism he would be able to return to the lineup today.
Fantasy Tip: Keep an eye on game-day inactives here later today. In the meantime, adjust your lineup with a replacement option, because it looks like McFadden's health issues will once again leave fantasy football owners disappointed. Marcel Reece is expected to be used as the primary tailback once again and he should be in your lineup.
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:57:17 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) was a limited participant in practice for a third straight day Friday, Nov. 30, and officially he is considered questionable for the Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:01:40 -0800
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 29.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:52:29 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said RB Marcel Reece will be used primarily as a halfback in Week 13 while RB Darren McFadden (ankle) looks to get back into football shape.
Fantasy Tip: It would be a risk to use DMC for anything more than a flex play this week against the Cleveland Browns - even then that may be too risky of a proposition.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:17:12 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) practiced for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 29.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:33:12 -0800
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said RB Marcel Reece will continue to be used when RBs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) return. "Marcel has earned the right to carry the ball some," Allen said. "We'll use him in that capacity."
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 05:30:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece will likely not see much time at running back if RBs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) are able to play in Week 13; however, it's likely that Reece will become more of a focal point of the offense in light of his solid showing as a runner and receiver the past three games. Reece has 672 yards rushing and receiving.
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:21:54 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) returned to the practice field Wednesday, Nov. 28, for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain Sunday, Nov. 4.
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:11:57 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said the team is planning as if Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) will be able to play Week 13.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:40:41 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is hopeful RB Darren McFadden (ankle) will return to practice this week.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:15:03 -0800
Oakland Raiders teammates expect RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to return for their Week 13 game.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:29:59 -0800
The Oakland Raiders have declared RB Darren McFadden, DL Jack Crawford, OG Lucas Nix, RB Mike Goodson, DL Richard Seymour, QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Willie Smith inactive for Week 12.
Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:23:22 -0800
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Mike Goodson (ankle) said Friday, Nov. 23, that he has shed the protective boot that he spent more than two weeks in while recovering from a high-ankle sprain. He said he is disappointed that he missed out on the opportunity to be the lead back while RB Darren McFadden (ankle) has been sidelined. "You see McFadden go down, and I was the next guy in line," Goodson said. "You kind of want to get out there and show everybody what you can do, and then I go down with an ankle. The exact same injury (as McFadden), the exact same game." Goodson has been ruled out for the Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:21:00 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Fantasy Tip: Marcel Reece is expected to draw the start this week. He's a decent play against an average defense, but he's more valuable in PPR leagues.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:53:14 -0800
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 22.