Raiders coach Tom Cable told the Oakland Tribune that RB Darren McFadden will be key to the team’s plans this season.
Cable said he expects to put the ball in the hands of his second-year running back more often:
“When you look at us when we used him many ways, not just as a runner, but many ways, we were much, much better offensively,” said Cable. “So (the goal is) to expand on that role and make him a key part of what we’re trying to do.”
McFadden averaged only 11 touches per game as a rookie, though he was hampered by a toe injury.
In other news around the Web:
- The Kansas City Star takes an in-depth look at late Chiefs LB Derrick Thomas, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday.
- Titans C Kevin Mawae started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Now Mawae says he likely won’t begin practicing for another two to three weeks.
- Carson Palmer‘s absence from the Bengals’ Saturday night practice had nothing to do with his elbow, according to coach Marvin Lewis. The quarterback apparently was under the weather, Lewis said.
- Vikings coach Brad Childress has no plans to bring in another quarterback in the wake of the knee injury suffered by QB Tarvaris Jackson.