Coming into his rookie year with the Oakland Raiders back in 2008, Darren McFadden was supposed to take the league by storm after going No. 4 overall in the NFL Draft.
McFadden was a two-time Heisman runner-up at the University of Arkansas where he rushed for 1,830 yards his senior year, ran in 16 touchdowns, caught a touchdown, and even threw four touchdowns. Add a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and the hype already seemed earned.
Then, McFadden only played out one full season in Oakland, which happened to be his last as a Raider in 2014.
Now, in his first year with the Dallas Cowboys and with seven years of playing experience, McFadden told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette he "feels like a rookie all over again."
Though the oft-injured running back has already had some hamstring issues, he should get every chance in the world to prove himself again. After the Cowboys couldn't re-sign DeMarco Murray and he landed in Philadelphia with the Eagles, McFadden is ready to fill his shoes with a positive outlook.
“It’s great to be in Dallas,” McFadden said while running a football camp for families at Little Rock Air Force Base. “I’m looking forward to getting on the field with those guys and doing great things this year... definitely exciting."
Perhaps McFadden will benefit from a Cowboys dominating offensive line, which was ranked as the best in the league by Pro Football Focus for their 2014-15 performance. Really, it all comes down to health for McFadden, who has only averaged playing in just under 12 games per season in his career.
"I just want to go out there, stay healthy and run the ball the way I know I can run the ball," McFadden said.
In seven seasons with the Raiders, McFadden rushed for 4,247 yards -- averaging 607 yards per season -- and ran in 25 touchdowns. He also added 211 receptions for 1,769 yards and five more scores.