Playing in ‘a downhill offense,’ Raiders running back Darren McFadden will ‘thrive’ in ‘The Town’

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It’s time for Darren McFadden to finally flex his muscles in Oakland.

Participating in Oakland’s first minicamp under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski expects running back Darren McFadden to “thrive” in the team’s revamped scheme.

Battling a high-ankle sprain and struggling to produce in asinine formations created by axed OC Greg Knapp in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 218 pound McFadden echoed Wisniewski’s sentiment.

“It’s a downhill offense,” said McFadden, 25, who is entering the final season of a six-year deal worth $60.1 million. “That’s one of the things I like about it. I’m the type of guy I like to get going downhill, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Taken by the Raiders out of the University of Arkansas with the fourth overall choice in the 2008 NFL Draft, McFadden has rushed for 3,334 yards and 18 touchdowns in 57 games as a professional.

DMC, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds, 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, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in both the 2006 and 2007 campaigns, should constantly handle the pigskin and lead the Raiders attack.

With the former barroom brawler trying to milk loot out of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, expect Darren McFadden to “thrive” darting around “The Town” this autumn.

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