Press Conference: Darren McFadden

The Raiders introduced rookie running back Darren McFadden to the Bay Area media on Sunday, one day after making him the fourth overall player selected in the NFL draft.

Here's the transcript from McFadden's interview:

Q: What do you know about this team you didn't know 24 hours ago?

McFadden: I guess that I'm a part of it now. Twenty-four hours ago I wasn't part of a team, I was sitting back and it was a waiting process for me.

Q: When in your heart did you know this would be where you were going?

McFadden: When I was on the way to the ceremony for the draft, I got a call from coach Kiffin who said if I was still on the board he was going to take me and after the first couple of picks I was still there, I knew then I was going to be a Raider.

Q: What is it like going in knowing you won't be the main man right away?

McFadden: It's something I'm coming into. It's like going into college as a freshman, you've got to start all over from the bottom of the totem poll and just work your way back up.

Q: JaMarcus Russell had a lengthy holdout, how important is it for you to get in camp on time?

McFadden: For me, it's very important. I want to be out there playing, I don't want to be sitting back, I want to be out there learning. The more time you miss, the less chance you have of playing. I want to be out there, so I'll let my agent take care of that and I feel like he's going to get it done for me.

Q: Have you been out in the Bay Area before?

McFadden: My first time out was when I came out here for a visit. I had a great visit out here. Coach Rathman took me out to eat and just enjoyed it a whole lot.

Q: You are accustomed at Arkansas to sharing the load with Felix Jones. Is that something appeals to you here?

McFadden: However coach wants to run it, I don't mind if he wants to share carries or give me carries, whatever you want to do with me, it's something I enjoy a whole lot and I'm just ready to get out there and play football.

Q: A lot of your big runs have come between the tackles, how does your speed help you there?

McFadden: I feel like my speed helps me a whole lot between the tackles. If I see a little crease I'm going to take it and I'm going to hit it full speed. It's like, once you get past the first line of defense and you hit the secondary I don't feel like people are going to catch up with me.

Q: There has been a lot of talk about your receiving skills at Arkansas, but they didn't throw a lot to the running backs there. Think it's going to take a while to get up to speed in terms of route running and getting downfield?

McFadden: No, I don't feel like it's going to be a problem because I feel like I'm a very versatile player, and being able to be moved out, split out as a receiver is something that I can do. We did a little bit of it at Arkansas, not a whole lot, but it's something I'm always willing to do.

Q: There's a certain number of carries before a running back gets into rhythm. Is there a target number for you?

McFadden: Not at all. For me, it's just that when you get out there, you've got to make the best of your chances. So I don't need a certain number of carries or anything to get going, just try to do the best with what they give me.

Q: How do you think you and JaMarcus will complement each other?

McFadden: I got to watch him play a lot in the SEC, because I'm a big fan of football. Anytime a game is on, I try and watch it. I got to see him a lot down at LSU. Like I said, I'd much rather being with him because I remember when we played against him, the defensive tackle had him hang on his jersey, and he jus flung the ball 50 yards for a completion, so I feel like it's something that would be a great asset for the Raider nation, for me and him to be back there in the backfield.

Q: What do you bring to the table?

McFadden: I feel like my size and speed. A lot of backs may be smaller with speed, but I feel like I'm a big back with speed. I feel like I can bring back to the Raider nation a big player, but it's something the coaches talked about with me, they said they're missing from their offense was the ability to make big plays.

Q: In terms of your receiving, is there a difference between coming out of the backfield or lining up as a wide receiver?

McFadden: For me, it doesn't matter at all. Spread out, coming out of the backfield, I feel like I have pretty good hands.

Q: When did you get in? What have you done since?

McFadden: Actually, I got in late last night. We had a long flight from New York, about close to six hours, so I got in at about 12:30 last night. We just got up this morning, ate at the hotel and came here at around 12.

Q: Intimidated about coming to a big city? Are you going to hang out with JaMarcus a little bit?

McFadden : No, I'm not intimidated at all. It's going to be a new adjustment for me, something I'm going to have to get adapted to. I'm just ready to get here and get around the teammates, and get used to all those guys.

Q: There's three veterans, 100-yard rushers. As a rookie, how do you try to fit in with those guys?

McFadden: For me, I'm just going in trying to learn from those guys. I know They've been here and they know how things work, so I'm just going in trying to learn from those guys. When the coach feels like it's time to put in there, I'm going to be ready.

Q: Coach Kiffin said what impressed him about you was when you were blocking on a kickoff return. Do you enjoy that part of that game as well?

McFadden: I enjoy the game of football, period, and anything that comes along with it. The blocking, going out and passing, I enjoy all of it.

It's one thing I do like. I know the play you're talking about, was the Felix Jones return, the kickoff return. I was blocking the safety guy for them, and hit him, knocked him down and (Jones) scored the touchdown.

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