As a rule, NFL players always downplay the importance of individual accomplishments. But Cowboys running back Darren McFadden readily acknowledges that reaching the 1,000-yard mark for just the second time in his career, in his first year in Dallas, would mean a lot.
The fourth overall pick in the 2008 Draft, McFadden’s only 1,000-yard season in seven years with the Raiders came in 2010.
“It definitely would mean a whole lot [to reach 1,000 yards again], something I would definitely like to have,” McFadden said, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “It's been a long season, so it's one of those things that you just have to keep grinding and grind the rest of these games out.”
After going for 100 yards on 16 carries against the Jets—one of the better run defenses the Cowboys have seen this year—McFadden is just 102 yards away from his second 1,000-yard season.
“He's a real pro. We saw that coming out of school, we evaluated him and we've given him an opportunity this year and he's taken full advantage of it,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “He's prepared. He's ready. And then when the game starts, he plays the way you're supposed to play. He's physically tough. He's mentally tough. He's been a very productive player for us throughout the season.”