McFadden flashes speed, power in limited play

August 14, 2012, 4:46 am
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OAKLAND -- That same explosiveness was back. So was that power.And while it was only on display for one offensive series, really, that was enough.Darren McFadden appeared in a game for the Raiders for the first time since Oct. 23, when he suffered what turned out to be a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his right foot, and he did not look like he had lost a step. McFadden, who has battled both real and imagined injury issues his entire NFL career, carried the ball twice, picked up 20 yards and took a screen pass 18 yards before becoming a spectator. They were the first three plays of the game.Point made. Even if the Raiders would score none in a 3-0 defeat to Dallas in both team's exhibition opener."We got him a couple of touches early and he was able to make some explosive gains and that's what we anticipate out of him," said rookie coach Dennis Allen. "We threw one screen to him and he busted out on a run pretty good, so I think he's an explosive play maker and we have to find ways to get him the ball and give him an opportunity to be explosive for us."It was the first time McFadden appeared in the same backfield as quarterback Carson Palmer."Hes pretty special," Palmer said. "Just great to have him in the huddle. Great to see him on the field. Just excited to keep working with him."We want to feed him the ball. Were going to obviously feature him in this offense. Were pretty banged up at that spot right now with (Mike) Goodson down and Taiwan (Jones) down. When we get those guys back were going to be really explosive. We just need to get them back and healthy, and theyre going to be great to give Darren a breather and give him a break from time to time. Its just good to finally play against something else. Well watch the film and move on."McFadden was not available for comment after the game and, of course, many observers think he should now get the LaDainian Tomlinson treatment the rest of the preseason and be put in bubble wrap for meaningless exhibition games."We're going to take it one game at a time and see where we're at," Allen said. "We got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished with him in the game, which was (to) get him a few touches early, let him get bounced around a little bit, and see what he can do and then get him out of the game and get ready for next week."We'll evaluate next week as we go into the game and see how much we want to play him next week."