Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/30/13
No one can debate running back Darren McFadden's talent, but he hasn't reached his potential and some are starting to doubt that he ever will. At the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine in , McFadden ran an unofficial time of 4.27 seconds which was second among all running backs at the combine to only Chris Johnson, who ran a 4.24. The Raiders signed McFadden to a six-year, $60.1 million contract which included $26 million in guarantees with expectations of McFadden being a workhorse back, but that hasn't materialized. In his 5 years in the NFL, McFadden only eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark once and has been injury prone never playing a full 16 game schedule. According to Joel Corry of CBSSports.com, McFadden is in the final year of his contract and much of his future is tied to how he performs in 2013. Corry writes: 'McFadden has been unable to reach his potential because he has been plagued by injuries during his five seasons in Oakland. He hasn't played 16 games in any season and has missed 23 games during his NFL career. McFadden was ineffective last year in the zone blocking scheme implemented by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was fired after the season. The power blocking scheme under new coordinator Greg Olson could help McFadden return to his 2010 form, when he rushed for 1,157 yards -- his only 1,000-yard rushing season -- and was sixth in the NFL with 1,664 yards from scrimmage. The Raiders are expected to have more than $50 million of cap room in 2014, so they could carry McFadden's $11.586 million franchise tag number if necessary.'
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