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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Arkansas
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Darren McFadden rushed 10 times for 31 yards in the Cowboys' Sunday night Week 4 loss to the Saints.
McFadden saw just one fewer carry than Joseph Randle. He played over Randle for most of the second half, but wasn't effective with his touches. With Lance Dunbar (knee) looking at an extended absence, McFadden should continue to see an increased role. McFadden is on pace for 128 carries, 452 yards, and four touchdowns. Oct 5 - 12:49 AM

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Darren McFadden rushed six times for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 3 loss Atlanta.

McFadden remained behind Joseph Randle, but came in on the third series and vultured a touchdown. He isn't more than a low-end FLEX option playing in the lesser half of a committee. McFadden has a matchup against the Saints in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 5:55 PM

Darren McFadden rushed 10 times for 31 yards in Dallas' Week 2 win over Eagles, adding two receptions for 21 yards.

As was the case in Week 1, McFadden appeared firmly behind Joseph Randle on the depth chart, though nine of his 10 carries came on Dallas' final two drives. McFadden's 52 yards were just 13 fewer than Randle managed on 19 touches. With Tony Romo (collarbone) out 6-8 weeks, the Cowboys are going to rely on their running game more than ever, but it's still hard to get excited about McFadden as a FLEX option. We won't be looking for reasons to start him against the Falcons in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 8:22 PM

Darren McFadden was held to 16 yards on six carries in Sunday night's Week 1 win over Giants.

He added one catch for 19 yards. Joseph Randle started and dominated early-down work over McFadden. He got a series to himself on the third drive, but was otherwise the No. 3 back. McFadden was clearly behind Randle and doesn't have a role in the offense. Randle should continue to get the majority of snaps.
Sep 14 - 1:10 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill calls Darren McFadden the "likely starter" for the Cowboys' Week 1 opener against the Giants.

This comes as a mild surprise after signs continued to point toward Joseph Randle getting the "start" Sunday night. According to Hill, the Cowboys "don't have a pitch count" for McFadden and could conceivably ride him for the game's entirety. That seems unlikely, and both Randle and Lance Dunbar should get work, but this further proves this is a situation to avoid Week 1.
Sep 9 - 12:10 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and executive VP Stephen Jones both "admit they have not yet decided who will start" at running back in Week 1 against the Giants.

Joseph Randle is listed No. 1 on the Dallas depth chart, but that is subject to change. Jones said Tuesday that the starter "will likely be decided in practice this week." Most signs point toward Randle getting the first crack, but there seems to be a sense at Cowboys headquarters that Darren McFadden is the team's best all-around back. Lance Dunbar "has a clearly defined role as the team's third-down back." Even in a plum matchup versus a weak Giants run defense, Cowboys running backs are going to be dicey fantasy investments. "Obviously, last year, we did it with one back," Jones said, referring to DeMarco Murray. "This year, I see a lot of people contributing to our success."
Sep 8 - 11:51 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys believe Darren McFadden is the "best of the bunch" at running back.

Robinson reports the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee, but he added Dallas would have likely ridden McFadden's hot hand on Saturday night had it been a regular season game. Owner Jerry Jones has talked up Joseph Randle all offseason, but it appears McFadden has a real chance to lead the team in touches if he can stay healthy. The uncertainty surrounding the situation makes Randle un-draftable in the fourth round.
Aug 30 - 7:29 PM

Darren McFadden rushed four times for 37 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding a six-yard reception.

McFadden was the third back in the game after Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but all of his touches came with Tony Romo on the field. DMC looked fast, finding the edge with ease. He ripped off gains of three, 13, six and 15. Of course, looking good has been the exception, not the rule, for DMC since 2011. He remains squarely in the mix for significant carries in Dallas' backfield.
Aug 29 - 9:43 PM

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he does not feel behind after missing the first couple weeks of training camp.

McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining four yards on three carries. He has also seen first-team reps in practice, suggesting he could be pushing Joseph Randle for the starting job. He will have a role if he can stay healthy.
Aug 24 - 11:51 AM

Darren McFadden started the Cowboys' second preseason game Sunday night, but managed four yards on three carries.

He had a four-yard run and was stuffed on his other two attempts. DMC added a three-yard reception before giving way to Joseph Randle. The Cowboys still intend to utilize a three-way running back committee, but Randle is their best option on early downs. McFadden is a stiff, declining back at age 28.
Aug 23 - 9:34 PM

Darren McFadden took the majority of first-team reps at Cowboys practice on Tuesday.

McFadden opened practice drills with the ones and scored a touchdown on a delayed run. Beat writer Todd Archer observed that DMC looked "fast" on the play. "Boy, if we can keep him out there, he'll tear their you know what up," stated Jerry Jones. McFadden is pushing Joe Randle for early-down carries. DMC seems to be past his dueling offseason hamstring strains. (For now, at least.)
Aug 18 - 9:35 PM

Cowboys activated RB Darren McFadden from the active/PUP list.

Due to hamstring injuries on both legs, McFadden has barely been able to practice since the Cowboys signed him to a two-year, $3 million contract on March 13. The Cowboys badly want to make Joseph Randle and McFadden work as a one-two punch, resisting any and all temptations to sign a capable running back amid repeated running back injuries. McFadden is expected to serve as the "1B" portion of Dallas' remodeled backfield, with Randle as the 1A.
Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing on Saturday.

McFadden has not practiced yet in training camp after missing time during OTAs. With Gus Johnson (shoulder) going down in the opening preseason game, the Cowboys need McFadden and Lance Dunbar (ankle) back at full speed.
Aug 15 - 10:34 AM

Coach Jason Garrett said Darren McFadden (hamstrings) won't practice until after the first preseason game.

There was hope McFadden could resume practicing Saturday, but the Cowboys limited him to work on the side. McFadden will miss at least one more week, allowing Joseph Randle to continue to distance himself. Lance Dunbar (ankle) remains day to day.
Aug 8 - 3:32 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Darren McFadden (hamstrings) could resume practicing on Saturday.

"I’ve been feeling good, man," McFadden said Wednesday. "I’m just looking forward to getting back out there on the field." McFadden added that the soreness has dissipated in his balky hamstring, and he's been making cuts. McFadden needs to get into practice or else he'll risk not making Dallas' 53.
Aug 5 - 10:23 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brandon Weeden
2Matt Cassel
3Kellen Moore
4Tony Romo
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Christine Michael
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Terrance Williams
2Devin Street
3Dez Bryant
WR21Cole Beasley
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Devin Street
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1Ronald Leary
2La'El Collins
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey