McFadden ready to make a difference

Darren McFadden is not only excited to be an Oakland Raider, he is giddy over sharing the same backfield as JaMarcus Russell.

How does it feel to be a Raider?

Darren McFadden: It feels great to be a Raider. I'm going out to help out the offense a whole lot.

Being able to play with a guy like Jamarcus Russell, I'd much rather play with him than against him.

When is the last time you talked with him?

Darren McFadden: I haven't had a chance to talk with him at all.

Yesterday you said you'd be happy to be a Jet, too?

Darren McFadden: Hey, if I would have been in New York, I would have been very happy to be here, you know. But Oakland decided to go ahead and grab me, and I'm very happy to be there.

Is there any disappointment that the Jets didn't trade up for you?

Darren McFadden: No, it's not disappointing to me. Wherever I go in the draft I was going to be happen see. Going number four it's a great feeling to me, so it's not a disappointment to me.

What were your emotions like kind of before you heard your name called?

Darren McFadden: I don't know, just very nervous. Your heart beating a thousand miles an hour, man. It's just something you can't even explain it in words, but it's a great feeling to hear your name called.

You've got a fresh start?

Darren McFadden: That's probably something I'm not looking too forward to. But as a rookie, you've got to deal with it.

How do you think it's going to work? The Raiders have a lot of running backs already?

Darren McFadden: The time I talk to the Raiders coaching staff, they tell me they're missing a playmaker from their offense, and I feel I can add to that with my big play ability.

Have you spoken to Mr. Davis yet?

Darren McFadden: Yes, sir. I got a chance to meet him when I went out to Oakland on my visit. He's a great guy. I love talking with him and he's very sharp.

When you woke up this morning, what team did you think you were going to be part of?

Darren McFadden: When I woke up this morning, it was just like I still was up for grabs. That's how I felt. I didn't know where I was going to go. I heard a lot of talk about New York. And draft day they said Oakland. So I felt like I was going to go between New York and Oakland.

Oakland Raider fans are kind of known for being intense and crazy. And you're kind of a guy that likes to do some things; how do you think you'll fit in there?

Darren McFadden: I think I'll fit in great with them. Like the ACC fans, Arkansas fans, we have fans that are very wild in Arkansas. And it's something that I'm going to enjoy a whole lot.

Does that mean you're going to jump on the flag pole?

Darren McFadden: No, I don't think I'll do that. I'll just continue what I've been doing. Toss the ball to the referee on the sidelines.

What are you going to spend your first paycheck on?

Darren McFadden: I'm going to take care of my family. Buy my mom a house, buy my dad a house. Just take care of them.

What running back can you compare yourself to?

Darren McFadden: I compare myself to anybody, I feel like I have a different style of running. A guy like Adrian Peterson, you could compare us physically, but I think he runs the ball, and I feel like I have the chance, I feel like every day I'm back. It's not a certain running style that I have.

What do you have to say to your new fans in the Bay Area?

Darren McFadden: I just tell them, "Go, Raider Nation," I'm very happy to be there.

Through this process, you're getting picked apart throughout the whole process, what are your feelings about it?

Darren McFadden: It was a long, grueling process. It's something you're ready to get out there the way you have to go to. It's something that you're ready to be done with, and I'm just very happy that it's over now.

What number are you going to be?

Darren McFadden: It's a number I haven't decided. I don't know. I'm a single digit guy in college. So I'm going to have to pick a new number. I don't know what I want to get to.

You are the "501 boy," Oakland's 510, anyway you can change up that tattoo a little?

Darren McFadden: No, not at all. I do that 501 because that's where I'm from, I'm always representing Arkansas.

You mentioned Jamarcus before, do you think you and he could be the two guys the Raiders build their resurgence on and get back to the tradition that they had.

Darren McFadden: Two young guys in the back field, a guy like Jamarcus and me, it will be a great thing back there. Both of us coming out of the ACC we've played against good teams. And it's just something that we want to carry that over to the NFL, so I feel we can be a great asset for them.

Your head coach's job hangs by a thread; do you feel you and Jamarcus are big producing early on to save this man's job?

Darren McFadden: No, it's always going to be a lot of pressure. I don't feel like no one can put more pressure on me than I put on myself, so it's something that I won't be bothered with.

Is it the Coliseum feel? Is it laid out for baseball as far as football? Are you ready to deal with the unevenness and everything?

Darren McFadden: I guess it's something I'm going to have to get used to real quick. I haven't been there, got a chance to walk up that field, but I'm sure I can adjust to it real quick.

What about catching passes on the backfield? Are you ready to do that in the NFL?

Darren McFadden: That's something we didn't do much of that in college. But we're doing a lot more of that. I feel like I have a great hand, so that's something I'm looking forward to.

Is your sister planning to take care of some of the finances for you?

Darren McFadden: She's going to help me out around the house. She, being that far away from home, she's going to help me out in whatever way she can.

So you're happy to get this process over with?

Darren McFadden: Very happy to be over with it. It's a long, grueling process, and you're just waiting to get somewhere and play football.

Lot of the Raiders fans want you to be their back in that division, and Damien and all those great backs out there; do you look forward to that competition?

Darren McFadden: I'm looking very forward to it. I was in the SEC, and there's a lot of competition in the SEC, so that's something I'm looking forward to.

Are you going to finish your degree in kinesiology in the off_season?

Darren McFadden: Whenever I get a chance to go back and finish my degree, I'm going to do it.

How does this change your relationships because there are some people you trust and some you find you can't trust. Give us an idea what it's been like along wait?

Darren McFadden: For me, I surround myself with a lot of private people. People that are not getting me for one thing, I just surround myself with family members and a lot of close friends to know they're going to be there for me.

Two more questions. Darren, you're going to have to play the Chiefs twice a year, and I've been doing my best to pay attention to the clock, but I believe they selected Glenn Dorsey. So I know that's a guy you're familiar with. Are you looking forward to going against him?

Darren McFadden: I've been playing against him for three years. It's something I've been getting used to doing. It's just going to add more to it.

You spent a lot of time with the Jets over the last few weeks; any disappointment at all that they didn't take you?

Darren McFadden: For me, there's no disappointment. Wherever I was going to go, I was going to be happy to get there. I was just sitting back and waiting because it's the draft. You never know what's going to happen until they call your name.


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