Yes, i think he can
First off, Im not new to S&BP, I have been on here for about the past 2 years and I have been a Raider Fan all my life. I have just recently made a new account(i forgot my old one, haven't logged on in a long time, just read other posts) Now back to the discussion:
I don't know why just about everyone on this website insists that Mcfadden should be primarily used as a receiver or just on outside run plays. I believe he can be our #1 back at the start of the season. If this were last year or even 2 years ago, i wouldn't have disagreed. But since our line has been upgraded with some possible solid to great players, i think McFadden, with the right blocking will be able to take it anywhere on the field, whether thats inside runs, screens, in the slot, and outside runs. If any of you have seen Chris Johnson from the Titans play, he is amazingly fast and skilled. Yet, isn't the biggest guy out there for sure. He is listed at 5'11 and 200 pounds, McFadden is 6'2 and 210 pounds( they have pretty similar body types and McFadden is even a bit bigger.) Yet, they still give the ball to CJ on any type of play. One of the reasons CJ is able to get so many breakaways is he has a great line, that opens up holes so big JaMarcus could probably fit through them. I know the Raiders still have room to improve there offensive line but this could be the special year we have all been waiting for. There are no more Kwame Harris' or Cornell Green's this year( as far as we know).
I know McFadden is injury prone, but when DTs and D-ends are breezing through your O-line and you're constantly getting laid out or taken down, you are gonna get hurt. But if some holes open up this year, we could see the homerun-hitting we all know McFadden can do, on an almost regular basis.
Im also a big Michael Bush fan. I think he is also a great back, with his strength and speed, but i think McFadden, with good blocking, brings more to the table with his wide variety skill set. This could be what McFadden could do for us this year(commentary starts at around 4:00):
What do you guys think?
Bush or McFadden?