Friday, October 4, 2013, 6:03pm
Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 5. HC Dennis Allen kept the door open for McFadden to play without practicing, but it seems unlikely given his history of injury. Rashad Jennings figures to carry the load with Marcel Reece, if available, getting some work in the passing game.
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:32pm
Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. HC Dennis Allen kept the door open for McFadden to play without practicing, but it seems unlikely given his history of injury. Rashad Jennings figures to carry the load with Marcel Reece, if available, getting some work in the passing game.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 7:25pm
Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:50am
McFadden limped into the Coliseum locker room on a cranky hamstring in the second quarter. Though he returned briefly, unsuccessfully, Oakland never scored again. McFadden's been hurt before, got hurt Sunday and is going to get hurt again. It's the reason McFadden fell in a lot of drafts this past summer and it's now leaving owners scrambling again to possibly find a replacement. There is no word on how long McFadden will be out yet, but it at least doesn't appear to be too long. Backup Marcel Reece was also hurt and it appears more serious (knee) which means Rashad Jennings could start Week 5 in a pretty tough matchup against the Chargers at home.
"We’re really going to get a chance to see in the game," Allen said. "He had limited snaps in the preseason, but he’s looked explosive in practices so far.
"There may be some two-yard runs, there may be some three-yard runs, maybe a four and then boom you pop one. That’s our anticipation, that’s our hope and we’re hoping we can get him a crease and he can break off a couple of big runs."
We've said all along that a switch back to the power running scheme will benefit McFadden. The trend this year saw McFadden fall in drafts, so if it holds true and if he stays healthy, (and that's a lot of ifs) he'll turn out to be a great value for your fantasy team.
The Raiders put rookie running back Latavius Murray on the injured reserve list. The team had said he had a minor ankle injury. Earlier in the offseason, it appeared as if Murray would have a chance to be Darren McFadden’s primary backup with a chance to be a major contributor. The sixth-round draft pick from Central Florida is big, fast and skilled.
Rashad Jennings will remain McFadden’s backup. Reportedly the team questioned Murray's attitude early this offseason so perhaps this is a message to get him back on track.
Allen didn't know if RunDMC would play on Thursday but there seems to be no doubts he'll be ready to go Week 1. McFadden should benefit from the Raiders going back to a power running game, but McFadden isn't getting a lot of love in drafts and often slips due to injury concerns. He's currently ranked 23rd among our backs with an ADP of the fourth round.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:56pm
Jared Veldheer’s loss hurts the Raiders on several levels. The offensive line must shuffle and adjust without its star left tackle. Not only does it deplete the Raiders depth, it constricts plays Greg Olson can call.
“I think it changes how we’re going to use everybody, to be honest with you,” Olson said. “It’ll impact how we use Darren McFadden, it’ll impact how we use Marcel Reece. You don’t lose a player like that and think that you’re not going to have to change some things or do some things differently.”
Although stats don’t show it, Veldheer was a major component of this offense. He’s a perfect fit for the power, gap-creation blocking scheme and bought precious seconds for passes downfield.
Without an adequate replacement on the roster, Olson is left to wonder whether some aspects of his scheme still work.
We have moved Darren McFadden down to reflect the loss of Veldheer but he should return in a few weeks and be able to play through the injury.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:19am
Raiders OC Greg Olson on the inconsistencies of wide receiver Denarius Moore: "A lot of it is going to be on Denarius. To me, it’s that whole character issue, becoming a self-starter, becoming a self-motivated person, and a lot of it comes with maturity. I think he’d be the first guy to say we’re constantly on top of him . . . we’ll just coach him up, but I think he’s becoming a more mature player and a more mature person. A lot of players will tell you, `Boy, I wish I had been more mature as a younger player.’ And I think that maturity will happen for Denarius."
Moore's stock has taken a hit with his inconsistent camp and the team's other offensive woes, but someone has to catch the ball in Oakland and it's likely going to be some combination of Moore, Rod Streater, Marcel Reece and Darren McFadden. The Raiders are likely to be trailing quite a bit, and that means lots of pass attempts. As an upside WR4/WR5, Moore isn't a bad option.
Out the entire off-season following late December foot surgery, Jones-Drew has been one of camp’s bright spots, steadily increasing his first-team reps each week.
So will Jones-Drew be on the field against the New York Jets?
“I won’t know until Saturday,” he said after practice today. “It’s just one of those things. You have to prepare yourself to play. If I get the green light, I get it. If I don’t, I’ll go back to work next week and do it all over again.”
On Saturday, Bradley gave a “we’ll see,” answer regarding Jones-Drew facing the Jets.
MJD is moving up the rankings with a healthy camp. Our main concern is with the Jaguars' offense as a whole and the team's decision to move to a zone-blocking scheme in the running game, which effectively destroyed Darren McFadden in 2012. MJD may be better suited for the ZBS, but only time will tell.
No defender laid a hand on McFadden until he was at least three yards downfield -- which is roughly what he averaged per carry in 2012 in a zone scheme ill-suited to his nature as a runner. It was a simple running play in a non-padded practice on the first day of training camp, but illustrated nicely what McFadden does best. The zone scheme, which called on McFadden to move laterally before cutting back against the grain, helped drop his yards per carry to a career-low 3.3 yards.
"I love a downhill scheme, so I'm very confident about it," McFadden said. " I'll just be able to get out there and go downhill. That's one of my strong points."
"I feel like I'm a downill runner and that's something the coaches see also. By getting us in a gap scheme offense, they feel that suits me a lot more."
After averaging 5.2+ YPC in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders (ponderously) switched back to a zone-blocking running scheme, to which we already knew DMC is not well-suited. When healthy and in a power scheme, McFadden is a bona fide fantasy RB1. He averaged #2 and #8 RB numbers in 2010 and 2011 before the team changed to a zone-blocking scheme.
The Raiders had a disastrous season running the football last year. Their ground game ranked 28th in the NFL, with 88 yards per game, and blame fell on a zone-blocking scheme that cost offensive coordinator Greg Knapp his job. Darren McFadden averaged a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry and had just three total touchdowns in 2012. Zone blocking hurt McFadden the most, taking away his ability to shake tacklers, improvise on the fly and grind out extra yards. An ankle injury sidelined him four games and marked the fifth straight season health issues slowed him down.
McFadden couldn’t be more motivated heading into a contract year. Last year’s frustration is this season’s drive, and he’s vowed to be the dynamic workhorse of years past. New coordinator Greg Olson installed a power-based rushing system that should benefit McFadden’s downhill rushing style.
After averaging 5.2+ YPC in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders (ponderously) switched back to a zone-blocking running scheme, to which we already knew DMC is not well-suited. He's a top 10 talent when healthy, but his durability will always be a concern. His owners long for the 1,664 total yards and 10 TDs he posted (in just 13 games) during the 2010 season.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:29am
"You’ve seen a lot of glimpses, though, but I can promise you that you haven’t seen the best of him at all."
This is a contract year for McFadden who is coming off another injury. The Raiders say they are switching back to a power running game which will help McFadden put up numbers provided he can stay healthy. We think he can be a top-10 back in an injury free world, but at the moment we rank him 17th among RBs. He's got an ADP of the mid-fourth round.