Yardbarker- In Saturday’s Week 3 preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, McFadden, who started behind Joseph Randle, carried the ball four times for a total of 37 rushing yards.
In the best rushing play of the game, McFadden took a handoff and extended the play by making two sharp cuts which drove the Cowboys to a first and goal. McFadden also had an explosive 13-yard gain in the second quarter.
For this, Jones seems to be thrilled with the 28 year old back:
“I think that what you saw was vintage McFadden,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game, per the Dallas Morning News. “You saw that acceleration. You saw his abilities.”
Correct me if I am wrong here, but vintage is just a word that we use to describe things that used to be awesome, right? If that's the case then Jerry Jones is spot on, but I can't help but think he doesn't really know what he's saying. Ehh, that old bastard has a lot on his plate, I suppose I can forgive him for his less than formidable word choice. Regardless, if I am Jerry Jones I am going to hold off on waxing poetic about the abilities of Darren McFadden when the last time he flashed his full arsenal of those abilities was in 2007, and happened against vastly inferior competition. If Jerry wants to look back at the college highlights I can't blame him, because at this point in time that's the only place 'vintage Darren McFadden' actually exists. The NFL version of Darren McFadden is one that can't stay on the field, and is incredibly underwhelming even when he does. Vintage Darren McFadden would put a shoulder into current Darren McFadden and laugh at him as he ran by. Vintage Darren McFadden was responsible for 50+ touchdowns in three years at Arkansas, not celebrating 37 yards in a preseason game. If an aberration of a couple impressive runs against a second string defense is now considered vintage Darren McFadden then that antique is getting returned to the boutique shop sooner rather than later. Jerry can talk about his acceleration all he wants, but Darren McFadden's speed has never been an issue. He has always been the fastest player to the injury list, and call it a gut feeling, but I don't see that changing any time soon.