RB Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 211||Born: 8-27-1987||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs WAS (12 / 92 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
McFadden capped off a rebound season as one of the few offensive highlights in a sound defeat at the hands of division rival Washington. McFadden ran hard with his signature burst, including a strong backside cut for nearly 30 yards. On McFadden's best touchdown opportunity, getting to the perimeter on a third down carry, he was stripped just before crossing the goal line - one of many glaring errors by Dallas in the game. McFadden is under contract for 2016 and showed well (plus remained healthy) for more than two months as Dallas' feature back.
2015 Week 16 vs BUF (19 / 99 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
McFadden was the centerpiece of the Dallas offense against Buffalo. His 20 touches for nearly 100 yards did not account for his 22-yard jaunt following a sharp jump cut to the outside, negated by penalty. McFadden was a boom-bust runner. When Dallas' offensive line forced a stalemate or won at the line of scrimmage, McFadden regularly pushed the pile or shook free to the perimeter for at least five yards. When interior penetration was present, McFadden struggled to beat the first defender on his own. McFadden has remained healthy under a sizeable workload this season since taking on the lead role and his building a strong argument to be the lead back for Dallas next season as he remains under contract.
2015 Week 15 vs NYJ (16 / 100 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
McFadden was the highlight of the Dallas offense against the Jets. He accrued his 100 rushing yards by the early fourth quarter, 45 of which came on his two most impressive runs of the day. On one he gained 30 yards on the well-blocked perimeter before being touched - shades of DeMarco Murray and the dominant Dallas offensive line play of 2014. On another, McFadden gained 15 yards as the Jets crowded the interior on third-and-short as he burst to the corner. McFadden's most successful play through the air, a 30-yard screen pass, was called back by penalty. While McFadden's burst and speed has been maintained this season since taking over the lead role, touchdown opportunities will be a premium the rest of the season.
2015 Week 14 vs GB (9 / 111 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McFadden saw his lowest volume of touches since taking over the starting role against Green Bay. Dallas struggled to string together long drives and most of his production came from two well-blocked perimeter runs of 46 and 50 yards respectively. McFadden's burst and open field speed are his best attributes, both contributing to his best runs of the game. On his best opportunity to score, a goal line carry, he was stuffed by the Green Bay interior. Robert Turbin flashed in relief, including back-to-back red zone touches (and a touchdown), a notable change from recent weeks where McFadden saw a dominant share of the work. Touchdowns have been the most significant limitation for McFadden, now with three scores on 224 touches this season, including one over the last seven games. The Jets are a stingy matchup next week.
2015 Week 13 vs WAS (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Despite the optimistic matchup against Washington, McFadden generally struggled this week. Two lost fumbles, including on the opening carry marred his performance. McFadden rarely had a defined hole to burst through in the first half. On his most productive sequence of touches, three straight carries to open the second half for 21 yards, McFadden ended the string absorbing a forceful hit and fumbling on the play. He left the field for concussion protocol. In the fourth quarter McFadden returned, promptly being stuffed on two red zone carries. Late in the game McFadden had another productive pair of carries. He got the edge for nine yards in the red zone, then followed it up by plowing in for a rare short-yardage touchdown since Matt Cassel has been the starting quarterback.
2015 Week 12 vs CAR (10 / 11 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
In McFadden's most difficult rushing matchup of the season, he struggled mightily against Carolina. McFadden was consistently stopped behind the line of scrimmage in the first half as Dallas' offensive line did little to control the line of scrimmage. Two notable plays highlighted McFadden's otherwise dismal day - a wide open dump-off reception for 20 yards and converting a two-point conversion late in the game. Washington and Green Bay are promising matchups coming up, but Matt Cassel under center tempers McFadden's upside substantially with overall tempered expectations for the offense.
2015 Week 11 vs MIA (29 / 129 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
McFadden continued his high workload against Miami. He saw few well-blocked running lanes early on, but Dallas' offensive line exceled in key moments, including short-yardage and late in the game. McFadden used his straight-line speed for his first sizeable gain early in the third quarter. Of note in the first half were two short-yardage conversions on third and fourth down. As Dallas worked with a lead, McFadden converted a third-and-14 draw play in the closing minutes to ice the game.
2015 Week 10 vs TB (17 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
It was another game and another 20 touches for McFadden in the clear lead role against Tampa Bay. Defined opening on the interior were a rare occurrence and McFadden gained notable yards on a single perimeter carry where he lowered his shoulder to win against contact. McFadden was stuffed on two short-yardage attempts, one on third down, another when Dallas was backed up near their own end zone. Immediate penetration nearly resulted in a safety on the play. Through the air, nearly half of McFadden's production came on a single reception in the final minute of the game. Without goal line looks or high-volume passing game work, it was a forgettable day for McFadden and the Dallas run game.
2015 Week 9 vs PHI (27 / 117 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
It was shades of 2014 DeMarco Murray in Dallas as McFadden saw every running back snap for the Cowboys offense against the Eagles. McFadden showed burst through Dallas' offensive line openings and converted back-to-back short yardage opportunities early in the game, one on fourth down. In the open field McFadden won collusions against contact and on one occasion ran through arm tackle attempts for more than 15 yards. As the centerpiece of the offense McFadden saw more than 25 touches for the third straight game. While his high volume has helped solidify the Dallas run game post-Joseph Randle, this is unprecedented territory for the oft-injured McFadden in his career. This marks the first three-game stretch with 20+ carries in each game of his career dating back to 2008.
2015 Week 8 vs SEA (20 / 64 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Darren McFadden got the start against Seattle with Joseph Randle sidelined and Christine Michael as the primary backup. McFadden's no-nonsense running style meshed well with Dallas' offensive line creating straight-forward running lanes. McFadden was featured on the opening drive of the game and the second half, highlighted by chunk gains and winning after contact. McFadden's success was the main reason Dallas hung in the game as the passing game was non-existent. In addition to more than 100 total yards, McFadden had a long run called back by penalty. After converting fourth-and-short earlier in the game, McFadden was stuffed on a critical third-and-short carry with seven minutes to play and a tenuous two-point lead. McFadden performed well in the starting role as the highlight performer against the tough Seattle defense. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay offer more optimistic matchups in the coming two weeks for Dallas' run game.
2015 Week 7 vs NYG (29 / 152 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
McFadden playing a primary role in Dallas' narrow defeat to the Giants this week. Starter Joseph Randle left in the first quarter with an oblique injury, leaving McFadden to enjoy a dominant offensive line performance by Dallas. In addition to 31 touches and converting a goal line opportunity, McFadden had a screen pass reception for a touchdown called back by a questionable-at-best pass interference penalty on Devin Street. McFadden routinely got to the second level of the defense before contact and gained additional yardage with a stiff arm. With Randle expected to miss time, McFadden is the next man up in Dallas for a full complement of touches like he saw against the Giants. Christine Michael saw more time in Week 6 and moves up to McFadden's old role in the process.
2015 Week 5 vs NE (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 62 / 0 rec)
As projected leading up to the game, Darren McFadden took on Lance Dunbar's passing work against New England. With running lanes tough to come by, McFadden's production was built upon a bevy of empty receptions in long yardage and garbage time situations. McFadden led the team in targets as Brandon Weeden and the receivers struggled to create positive plays down the field. As an example of McFadden's futility, his most successful play was a well-short-of-the-marker screen reception on third-and-19, one of Dallas' many snaps off-schedule with the down and distance.
2015 Week 4 vs NO (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the opening half, Lance Dunbar was receiving more work in relief of starter Joseph Randle ahead of McFadden. Dunbar was injured early in the second half and McFadden saw a significant uptick in playing time. McFadden was a boom-bust runner against New Orleans, getting what was blocked. Dallas' offensive line had an up-and-down performance, shaping McFadden's game the same. The burst and drive from earlier in the season was not present with McFadden's work, making Christine Michael's brief presence on the field for the first time this season all the more interesting to track in the coming weeks.
2015 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 35 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McFadden did not see time behind starter Joseph Randle until the second quarter. McFadden rode the wave of the Dallas offensive line's successes early in the game with two chunk gains and a near-touchdown on a red zone carry. McFadden used his speed to get the corner on a goal line touchdown, Dallas' third of the first 25 minutes in the game. Like Randle, Darren McFadden struggled in the second half to find openings in the suddenly stout Atlanta defense as Dallas fell behind and ultimately lost at home.
2015 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
McFadden was an afterthought against Philadelphia, seeing two drives worth of work of note. Joseph Randle continues to perform well in the lead role. McFadden's strongest traits are his initial burst and willingness to lower his pads for post-contact yardage. He saw three straight carries in the fourth quarter, churning out a first down as Dallas worked the clock with a confident lead. Outside of an injury to Joseph Randle, McFadden has little hope for an expanded role with Lance Dunbar dominating the passing game work of the running back group.
2015 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
McFadden was sparsely used in relief of Joseph Randle on early downs against the Giants. McFadden ran physical with an edge of power Randle cannot match. McFadden used his speed to get the edge on a crossing route reception, moving Dallas into field goal range as his play of note this week.
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