What the Oakland Raiders have to build on

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September 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) rushes for a sixty four yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Opportunities: McFadden

Remember Darren McFadden?

Yeah, he’s the guy that got the Raiders to .500 for two straight years darn-near by himself as former head coach Hue Jackson got him going. Sure, he’s had his problems with injuries but he’s healthy now so the Raiders have to use him now! Olson even admitted that Jones-Drew isn’t very fast these days then watched him average 1.7 yards per carry last Sunday.

McFadden averaged 3.8 and his burst was the difference against a fast Jets defense as Jones-Drew couldn’t get through the fast closing holes. Then when trying to turn the corner, McFadden got there for decent gains while Jones-Drew was stopped for a losses. One step is a big difference in the NFL as McFadden’s two-step advantage over Jones-Drew helped him perform better against the Jets.

I love “Pocket Hercules” but he doesn’t look the same.