Darren McFadden: Why 2012 Will Be the Best Season of McFadden’s Career

The obstacles Darren McFadden must overcome to have the best season of his career are not very mighty. 

Up to this point, the best season of his career came two years ago when he rushed for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging a nice 5.2 yards per carry.  Besides that, McFadden has failed to crack 650 yards rushing or four TDs in his other three seasons. 

McFadden hasn’t exactly set a high bar for the 2012-13 NFL season. 

That being said, Darren McFadden is a very talented professional running back. 

He has been plagued by injuries throughout his four-year career.  The one year when he wasn’t injured, he had the most runs of 20-plus yards in the entire league, as well as the third-most yards per carry of any running back with more than 200 carries.  

If you watched him last year, you know how well was doing until he got hurt against the Chiefs on October 23.  At that point, he was averaging 5.4 yards per carry and was a major force in the 4-2 (at that point) Raiders offense. 

I think this year will be the second year of Darren McFadden’s career where he doesn’t face any major injuries. 

Raiders fans should rejoice that McFadden didn’t play in the Raiders final 11 games.  His injured foot has gotten plenty of rest  and, according to ESPN.com, McFadden looked healthy at OTAs.  As of right now, he is ready to crack some skulls in 2012. 

This will be the first season in McFadden's career where he doesn’t have to be the cornerstone of the Raiders offense. 

The Raiders have lacked consistent quarterback play in every one of McFadden’s seasons.  In 2008 and 2009, Oakland’s quarterback was JaMarcus Russell...Enough said.  In 2010, Jason Campbell was a game manager, and the Raiders relied on McFadden to carry the load. &nb...

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