With Cowboys, McFadden Out to Prove He’s No Bust

Darren McFadden was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in the 2008 draft


The Dallas Cowboys intend to give running back Darren McFadden every opportunity to change the narrative of his career.

McFadden was made the fourth overall pick of the 2008 Draft by the Oakland Raiders, and spent seven unimpressive seasons with team. He comes to the Cowboys with just one 1,000-yard season on his resume, and that came half a decade ago. That said, the offensive line he’ll have in front of him in Dallas is a lot better than any line he worked with in Oakland.

“He wants to prove that he wasn’t the bust that people are talking about,” Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown told ESPN Dallas. “We are going to give him the opportunity to prove that.”

Just how much McFadden will carry the ball will be determined by his offseason work, and thus far, Brown and the Cowboys have been impressed by what they’ve seen.

“I like what I see,” Brown said. “He works hard. He had tremendous burst, tremendous speed. I can’t wait to see him in pads. I got to give all those guys credit. I’m trying to mix them in. They are all getting chances with the [starters] and they are performing.
"They know there is a job to be won and they all want it. But at the same time they are going to work hard to get better. If they get better, the team gets better.”

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