With loot on the line, Darren McFadden will be ready to fight for yards.
Entering the final season of a six-year deal worth $60.1 million, CSN Bay Area reports Raiders running back Darren McFadden “couldn’t be more motivated” for 2013.
Battling a high-ankle sprain and struggling to produce in asinine formations created by axed offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in 2012, the 25-year-old McFadden averaged a hideous 3.27 yards per carry.
With his “blood boiling,” the 6-foot-1, 218 pound McFadden is eager to work in the team’s revamped scheme under new OC Greg Olson.
Taken by the Raiders out of Arkansas fourth overall in 2008, McFadden has rushed for 3,334 yards and 18 touchdowns in 57 games as a professional.
Able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds, DMC has also caught 158 passes for 1,449 yards and five scores since debuting in Oakland.
The Silver and Black acquired quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks on April 1 in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a “conditional” late-round selection in 2015.
Removed from a 4-12 finish in the AFC West, the Raiders aren’t exactly brimming with offensive talent and Flynn doesn’t possess the type of arm that can compensate for Oakland’s shortcomings.
Hence, McFadden should constantly handle the pigskin and lead the Raiders’ attack.
With the former barroom brawler trying to impress Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, expect a “motivated” Darren McFadden to thrive dashing around “The Town” this autumn.