Darren McFadden has never had more than 223 carries in a season, likely in part because he’s constantly battled injuries throughout his career. But he’s ready to take on whatever role with the Dallas Cowboys, whether that means being part of a committee or taking on a workhorse role like DeMarco Murray.
“I’m not coming in here trying to replace what DeMarco did last year or anything,” McFadden said. “I’m just coming here running the ball. If the coaches decide they want to give me 100 carries or 300 carries, I’m just up for whatever they decide.”
Murray had a record-breaking season last year, setting the franchise mark for most rushing yards in a season with 1,845. It required a staggering 392 carries to get it done, though.
McFadden, meanwhile, has only eclipsed the 1,000-yard club once in 2010, the same year he had a career-high 223 carries. He has carried the ball more than 200 times only one other season (2012).
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For now, though, McFadden is simply working hard and trying to establish himself with a new team. He is dealing with a hamstring injury, but went through Tuesday’s drills without any major issues.
“It felt great running, opening up, just trying to do what I can do,” McFadden said.