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Darren McFadden taking first-team reps for Cowboys

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Fresh off the training-camp PUP list, Darren McFadden is taking advantage of Joseph Randle's absence due to an oblique strain.

McFadden dominated one-on-one pass drills on Monday, leading Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to dust off his hyperbole generator.

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"McFadden hit that thing for the first time up in there and showed some real stuff, and he sure showed some real burst in a couple of drills where they weren't just full tackling," Jones raved Tuesday morning. "Boy, if we can keep him out there, he'll tear their you know what up."

Jones habitually peppers his McFadden praise with a caveat about injuries.

Back in March, Jones opined that McFadden still has the skills that got him drafted No. 4 overall in 2008. Two months later, Jones noted that McFadden was in the "best shape of his career," leading the Cowboys to believe they "might really have something here."

It's telling that Jones waited for McFadden to return to full health rather than signing a veteran alternative such as Chris Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Pierre Thomas or Ray Rice.

McFadden handled first-team reps in Tuesday's practice, reportedly showing impressive burst while adding a pair of touchdowns.

Cowboys coaches have emphasized all offseason that DeMarco Murray's production will be replaced by a committee attack featuring McFadden, Randle and third-down back Lance Dunbar.

In other words, don't reach for an unproven Randle in the third or fourth round of your fantasy drafts.

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