McFadden rushed three times for five yards and caught one pass for minus-2. It was a far cry from his achievements in the second preseason game, when he rushed for 27 yards and earned the praise of Dennis Allen.
"I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here," Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here."
However, Allen is keeping Maurice Jones-Drew as the official starter. "Both those guys are going to get significant playing time and both those guys are guys that are going to help us," Allen said.
On the opening snap of the game, Jones-Drew took a handoff for a gain of 4 yards, but failed to make much of an impact the rest of the way. He finished with six carries for 12 yards. His lone catch of the night was a short screen pass from Matt Schaub, which he took for a gain of 22 yards in the second quarter.
McFadden punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter, scoring his first touchdown of the preseason. He finished the game with eight carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Jones-Drew worked the first two series with the first team offense and finished with two carries for 10 yards. He also caught all two of his targeted passes for 14 yards. McFadden made the best out of his lone touch of the night. He had one carry for a gain of 23 yards in the second quarter and was not targeted in the passing game.
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