For the time being, the backup running back job is up for grabs in Dallas.
With Lance Dunbar nursing a sprained right foot, rookie Joseph Randle has an opportunity to impress the Cowboys coaches and prove himself a capable backup to Murray.
Randle entered the NFL draft after his junior year at Oklahoma State University. He was selected by the Cowboys in the 5th round as the 11th running back overall.
Randle is a very raw talent, but his mental game has not been well refined yet. Head coach Jason Garrett has said he needs to be a more consistent player and learn from the mistakes he’s making.
“I need to get game ready,” said Randle, “Any chance I get to be on the field is an opportunity for me.”
Dunbar impressed more in training camp than Randle and was the projected 2nd string running back. But now that Dunbar is barely out of his walking boot, he might not be ready for the home opener against the Giants on September 8th.
Although he’s done little in the preseason, the Cowboys don’t want to give up on their 5th round draft pick so quickly. Given DeMarco Murray’s known fragility, Joseph Randle will likely be awarded the 3rd string running back position if he can cut down on mental errors. If given the proper opportunity, look for Randle to be an up-and-coming back within the next couple seasons.