There was an interesting sight at Raiders OTA practice today -- Darren McFadden was fielding kicks. This is something that was unthinkable in the past as he was too valuable to the team as a running back. He was also getting paid well to be that feature back. Neither of those are the case anymore and it opens the door for the Raiders to try to use him in a multitude of different ways.
Dennis Allen was asked about the possibility of McFadden returning kicks, to which his response was "Anything is an option."
It was a similar sentiment when it was noted that veteran free agent signee, Maurice Jones-Drew was back fielding punts. "We're considering anything. That's what this time of year is for. Yeah, we're going to look at a lot of different things."
Both running backs have struggled with injuries of late. McFadden has always struggled with injuries even without kick return duties.
The Raiders won't be out much financially if McFadden gets injured but they would be out the player. He and Maurice Jones-Drew are expected to share carries this season.