Having won only 19 games in the past 5 seasons, the Raiders are looking for a spark to their offense::
Hopefully that spark will be supplied by last years #1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell and this years #4 over-all pick in the draft Darren McFadden.
McFadden received his first taste of NFL football at the rookie mini-camp this past weekend. McFadden said that he noticed the difference between college ball when he was handed a highlighter and notebook along with his playbook. At Arkansas, McFadden fumbled 15 times last season – some of those came when he played QB in the “WildHog” formation and also as a returner, so ball security will be something that he will need to work on..
Coach Kiffin is cautious about putting too much pressure on him so early stating that McFadden is ” not here to save the franchise” and that he “just happens to be the first pick.” McFadden joins an already crowded backfield where he joins 1000 yard runner Justin Fargas, and former 1000 yard rusher LaMont Jordan.. Also in the mix is last years fourth round pick Michael Bush, who missed his rookie season with a broken leg. Bush admits being taking aback after the Raiders pick McFadden, but was told by RB coach Tom Rathman to “just hang in there, stay focused, and keep doing what your doing, and everything else will take care of itself.” Of the RB position, coach Kiffin has said “we’re excited that they’re all different. They are different players and bring different things and we’ve got to figure it out. Two of them, Darren and Michael catch the ball really well, so we have got to see how much we can do with that.” Lets hope that the offense can show some life this season with Russell & McFadden leading the way..