Oakland Raiders Running Back Breakdown and Position Analysis

There are very few positions on the depth chart that could waver anywhere between the team's strongest position and their weakest, but, for the Oakland Raiders, that's exactly where the running back position lies.

If healthy, Darren McFadden remains Oakland's most dangerous weapon.

Having played just 19 games in the past two seasons, however, he's also their most fragile player.

Behind McFadden are two newcomers—veteran Rashad Jennings and rookie Latavius Murray, making the Oakland backfield something of a mystery.


Darren McFadden

Once considered to be on the track to stardom, Darren McFadden has battled the injury bug throughout his career, never playing more than 13 games in any of his five seasons.

Then again, Run-DMC is still just 25 years old.

McFadden's best year came in 2010 when he broke the 1,000 yard mark for the first (and only) time, rushing for 1,157 yards with seven touchdowns. He also had an astonishing 5.2 yards per carry.

The following year, McFadden actually improved his rushing average to 5.4 yards per carry, but another injury derailed his season after just seven games.

So what can Oakland expect from the insanely talented, yet incredibly fragile, McFadden?

For one, they can expect to learn a lot about his future with the team.

As a free agent after this season, McFadden has a lot to prove heading into the offseason about whether he can stay healthy for an entire season.

The good news for Oakland is that they're slated to have plenty of cap space, so signing a healthy and productive McFadden doesn't figure to be an issue.

On the flip side, however, if McFadden were to go down injured once again, who do the Raiders have waiting in the wings?


Rashad Jennings

Coming in to back up McFadden is fifth-year man Rashad Jennings ...

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