Darren McFadden no longer Raiders’ Starter
One of the biggest concerns for Raiders fans last offseason was establishing a solid backup at running back given Darren McFadden’s injury history.
The position was filled by former Jaguars backup Rashad Jennings who played hand in hand with Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville. A suitable backup given the situation, but he was still a bit of an unknown.
Enter 2013 – thirteen weeks into the season, and Jennings has taken over the starting role, leapfrogging the former fourth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.
McFadden, who went down with yet another injury in the Raiders’ November 3rd loss to the Eagles has been demoted on the Raiders depth chart.
When the starting role was handed to Jennings – he literally took the chance and ran with it. Jennings has accounted for 553 yards since McFadden’s injury – the most of anyone in the league in the same amount of time.
He’s averaging over five yards a touch as the go-to guy and it’s earned him the spot atop the depth chart.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen alluded to the fact that Jennings has been a threat at the position and said that he’s going to continue to get those carries despite a healthy Darren McFadden.
“You can’t deny Rashad Jennings over the last month of the season has led the NFL in yards from scrimmage. I think he’s earned the right and deserves the right to continue to get his carries and touches and we’ll still do that.” Said Allen. ‘
On the season McFadden has 352 total yards and has been a disappointment once again for the franchise.
He is a free agent at seasons end, and given his injury history likely won’t draw a large amount of interest as a starter. His days as a starter are likely done, especially in Oakland – where he’s ranked as the third best running back on the team behind Jennings and Marcel Reece… and the worst pass blocking back on the team ranked at number five, according to ProFootballFocus.
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