Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NFL

Darren McFadden speculated to be starter for Oakland Raiders

See also

It has been speculated that Darren McFadden might end up being the starting running back for the Oakland Raiders for the 2014 NFL season. Of course, this would be very true if McFadden would be able to stay healthy and stop nursing at nagging injuries like he has in every season he’s played in the league.

It was reported on the Fansided webpage on Saturday that McFadden could be the starter for the Raiders if he stays healthy and gets more practice time. Apparently, McFadden is currently taking punt returns at practice as well. This speculation implies that he's got some speed down, more than Jones-Drew perhaps?

Anyway, running back Maurice Jones-Drew was brought to the team from the Jacksonville Jaguars during the offseason, and it was thought that he was going to be the starter since McFadden is always injured. On the contrary, reporter Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times believes that McFadden might take the starting role only if the running back shows that he is very healthy.

Although Jones-Drew was more effective with the Jaguars than McFadden with the Raiders, it is believed that Jones-Drew might not have much gas in the tank like he did before. Plus, last season he was marred by injury. McFadden is still younger than Jones-Drew and is equally talented.

It is a tough decision for the Oakland Raiders to decide who will be the starting running back, especially when both backs are coming back from a last-year injury. The Raider might have to wait and see who is more explosive during preseason.

Despite the uncertainty of who will start between McFadden and Jones-Drew, it is clear that the Raiders have talent in the back field. Last season, when McFadden got injured, Rashad Jennings stepped up and earned his paycheck. Whichever one is the back up for this 2014 season, will most likely do the same as Jennings did last year.

So, who will start as the running back for the Oakland Raiders? Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew? A young talented but brittle back or a talented veteran who might not be as strong as he used to be? This is a tough one for the Oakland Raiders and will have to see these two in action for preseason.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    Video
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    Camera
    7 Photos