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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Arkansas
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Darren McFadden said his hamstring is "doing great."
The oft-injured McFadden missed most of OTAs with a slight pull but was able to return for the June minicamp. He'll enter training camp healthy but with serious questions about how much effectiveness he has left. McFadden has failed to reach 3.5 YPC in each of his last three seasons. Jun 29 - 8:01 AM

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Darren McFadden (hamstring) was a full participant at Tuesday's minicamp practice.

Hamstring tightness limited him to individual drills during OTAs. DMC worked with the second unit Tuesday while Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar practiced with the starters. With the backfield up for grabs, we'd expect McFadden to get at least a few first-team reps before minicamp comes to a close.
Jun 16 - 1:46 PM

Nursing a hamstring strain, Darren McFadden continues to work on the side at Cowboys OTAs.

"It’s definitely frustrating," McFadden acknowledged. "You want to always be out there taking plays, getting reps. But it’s one of those things I’d rather sit out now instead of pushing it and have something lingering on me." Long riddled by injuries, McFadden hopes to do more at the Cowboys' minicamp.
Jun 10 - 9:48 PM

Darren McFadden is sitting out Cowboys OTA practices with a hamstring strain.

Ryan Williams also missed Wednesday's session with a sore knee. Joseph Randle is handling first-team reps. The severity of McFadden's injury is unknown, but this will surely generate eyerolls in the fantasy community. Williams has been in and out of practice due to swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 3 - 10:54 PM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown says the team is giving Darren McFadden an opportunity to prove he isn't "the bust that people are talking about."

"I like what I see," Brown said. "He (has) tremendous burst, tremendous speed. I can’t wait to see him in pads." We don't doubt that DMC still looks good in pad-less practices, but his on-field film has been in a years-long downward spiral. The odds are against McFadden being a meaningful contributor this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 1 - 2:24 PM

Joseph Randle has received a majority of first-team reps at this week's OTAs.

Randle, the incumbent, has his nose in front of this battle. Darren McFadden did get some reps with the starters on Wednesday, but Randle got more when Tony Romo was taking snaps. Although some have tried to prop up McFadden as a feature back candidate, his tape shows he's not capable of that and the Cowboys have hinted at using him as a "home-run hitting backup." We haven't heard of Ryan Williams or Lance Dunbar getting any first-team reps yet.
May 28 - 8:39 AM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't rule out the possibility of trading Dallas' 2016 first-round pick for a running back.

Dallas' current backfield is comprised of scrap-heap runners and Joseph Randle, who was effective in a lightly used change-up-back role last season but doesn't project as a volume runner. The Cowboys believe they essentially got three first-round picks this year in Byron Jones, Randy Gregory, and La'El Collins, and may be willing to part with their 2016 round-one selection. "I'd be reluctant to," Jones first conceded. "But certainly if the right situation came along that could improve us now, with where we are with (Tony) Romo, his career and where we are with what we've put together, it's a good time to go for it." Romo is 35 years old.
Source: FOX Sports
May 8 - 4:43 PM

Cowboys president Stephen Jones compared Darren McFadden to DeMarco Murray regarding the injuries they sustained early in their careers.

Murray was widely regarded as one of the league's most injury-prone players until he dominated for all 18 games (including playoffs) last season. "We really think Darren’s in the best shape of his career," Jones said. "He looks great out there. We really think that you put him behind our offensive line and he has some luck and stays healthy, we might really have something here." McFadden will battle Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams for snaps throughout the offseason.
May 7 - 12:13 PM

The Cowboys didn't address running back during the draft.

Dallas is thin there, but it may not matter. The Cowboys' offensive line dominated last season, helping DeMarco Murray rise to superstardom. Though it's unlikely Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle will approach those same heights, the Cowboys' line should open up holes for them while keeping quarterback Tony Romo on his feet. The Cowboys could have gone after disgruntled Rams running back Zac Stacy, but the Jets struck first, landing him for a seventh-round pick.
May 3 - 8:21 AM

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys' run-first approach last season "was a good style of football for us" and something the team "will try to continue to do."

The Cowboys secured their first playoff appearance in five years last season behind one of the best offensive lines in football. Of course, ground and pound is a lot easier when you have DeMarco Murray carrying the ball, a luxury Dallas lost when Murray defected to Philadelphia two weeks ago. Darren McFadden is currently atop the depth chart, but trying to execute a physical run game with him is laughable. We suspect the Cowboys will be looking for RB help in the draft, possibly in the form of Georgia's Todd Gurley or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:15 AM

The base value of Darren McFadden's two-year deal in Dallas is just $3 million.

The number was originally reported at nearly $6 million. McFadden got a $200,000 signing bonus -- even less than 2014 practice squad RB Ryan Williams -- and won't be assured a roster spot in camp. The Cowboys reportedly viewed McFadden as a "home-run hitting backup" before they signed him. He isn't a home-run hitter at all anymore, and will add very little to Dallas' run game.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 13 - 9:47 PM

The Cowboys reportedly targeted Darren McFadden as a "home-run hitting backup."

Yahoo's Charles Robinson says Dallas envisions McFadden playing "second fiddle" to a starting back. The Cowboys will likely find that starter in the draft. McFadden may have been a "home-run hitter" coming out of Arkansas in 2008, but he certainly no longer is going on age 28. McFadden has averaged below 3.5 YPC in three straight years. His receiving skills have also diminished.
Mar 13 - 12:55 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with RB Darren McFadden, formerly of the Raiders, on a two-year contract worth up to $5.85 million.

He only got a $200,000 signing bonus, which far from assures DMC's roster spot. McFadden ran into brick walls last year in Oakland, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. The silver lining is that he stayed healthy for the first time in his career. Not durable or effective enough to carry a backfield and going on age 28, McFadden is likely being brought in to compete for snaps. Look for the Cowboys to add more backs as they attempt to replace DeMarco Murray.
Mar 13 - 10:37 AM

The Raiders are not expected to re-sign free agent Darren McFadden.

The emergence of Latavius Murray combined with McFadden's ineffectiveness sealed his fate. McFadden never lived up to his potential in Oakland, logging 1,000 yards rushing just once in seven seasons. At this point in his career, a backup gig is probably the best McFadden can hope for. Stiff in the hips and not a true power runner, McFadden has long been an NFL misfit.
Feb 19 - 9:11 AM

Darren McFadden rushed four times for 13 yards and caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

The Raiders tried to saddle up McFadden as a feature back again this season, but were predictably met with awful results. Clearly only a straight-line back that needs Hue Jackson's scheme to be successful, DMC finished with 156 carries for 534 yards (3.42 YPC) and two touchdowns. He was thoroughly outplayed by Latavius Murray, the likely 2015 starter, down the stretch. McFadden, now entering his age-28 season, will be met with a cold market in free agency once again this spring.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
4Jameill Showers
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Ryan Williams
5Lache Seastrunk
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
2Ray Agnew
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
3Lucky Whitehead
4George Farmer
5Reggie Dunn
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3A.J. Jenkins
4Deontay Greenberry
5Lucky Whitehead
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Geoff Swaim
5Ray Hamilton
K1Dan Bailey