Darren McFadden spent seven seasons with the Raiders. There good times, some bad and quite a few moments sidelined by injury.
Vintage McFadden was a cool customer, a slashing big-play threat who was tough to stop. That was in 2010-11, when he averaged 5.3 yards per carry. In 2010, he had 1,664 yards of total offense in 13 games.
McFadden’s production waned over the last three seasons, hovering around 3.3 yards per carry. The Raiders let McFadden leave as a free-agent this offseason, when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and their intimidating offensive line.
In a Friday morning appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL A.M.” McFadden said something that might sting Raiders fans some. McFadden believes his best it yet to come.
“I just want to go out there and continue to show people what I can do,” McFadden said on NFL Network. “I still don’t think the world has seen the best of Darren McFadden.”
He’s excited to play for the Cowboys, closer to his hometown of Little Rock, Ark. and the University of Arkansas, where he remains a popular figure. He said working with the Cowboys line was an attraction as well.
“When you look at those guys on film, they're just opening holes," McFadden said. "They have a great group of guys that are working hard. Even there now working out, the whole O-line is there right now before OTAs, so it's a great group of guys and they have a great thing going. ... I'm looking forward to being there with them."
McFadden’s struggles were due more to injuries and ineffectiveness. Other backs, including Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece and Latavius Murray have produced behind the Raiders line in recent seasons despite McFadden getting significant carries when healthy.