Oakland Raiders new head coach Dennis Allen mentioned that he believes Darren McFadden can “absolutely” be a lead back in the NFL, but concedes that they most likely try to get other players some work as well.
“Can he run the ball 25, 30 times? Absolutely,” said Allen, via the San Jose Mercury News. “But I also think the running back position in this league, I think you have the ability to use different people. … Does he have the ability to be the lead back? Absolutely and he will be.”
McFadden is coming off of a Lisfranc sprain that plagued what was a strong start to the 2011 season. Injuries are definitely a concern regarding McFadden, so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of them adding a veteran running back at some point. Both Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant‘s name have come up in recent days as speculative options, but they could always elect to move forward with Taiwan Jones as their No. 2 running back.