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Joseph Randle | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Oklahoma State
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Joseph Randle had 14 carries for 87 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
Randle opened the game with three 20-plus yard runs, including a 37-yard touchdown on the first drive. He was shut down in the second half, losing five yards on four carries. Randle lost pass-game work to Lance Dunbar, who finished as the Cowboys' leading receiver, and had a touchdown vultured by Darren McFadden. He's the featured player on offense with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant sidelined, but all three of the Cowboys' running backs will continue to have roles. Randle will be an RB1 against the Saints in Week 4. Sep 27 - 4:50 PM

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Joseph Randle rushed 18 times for 51 yards in the Cowboys' Week 2 win over the Eagles, adding a 14-yard reception.

Randle out-touched Darren McFadden 19-12, but DMC received nine of the Cowboys' final 12 carries. Neither player was particularly effective, with Randle averaging 2.8 yards per carry to McFadden's 3.1. Randle should get the first shot again in Week 3 against the Falcons, but at best, is a low-end RB2. Of course, the Cowboys will have to commit to the run more than ever with Tony Romo expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone. Randle will be a top-30 option next Sunday.
Sep 20 - 8:09 PM

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team still plans to run the ball "25-30 times a game."

The Cowboys averaged 31.75 carries a game last season, which was the third-highest average in the league, but Dallas rushed just 23 times against the Giants. Joseph Randle handled 16 of those carries while Darren McFadden was given the ball six times. If that split continues and the Cowboys are able to reach their goal, Randle could be in for a sizeable weekly workload. He will be on the RB2 map for the Cowboys' Week 2 matchup with the Eagles.
Sep 15 - 10:57 AM

Joseph Randle had 16 carries for 65 yards in Sunday night's Week 1 win over the Giants.

He added three catches for 42 yards. Randle started over Darren McFadden and played the majority of snaps. The Cowboys limited McFadden to seven touches, but Lance Dunbar played a heavy pass-game role. Randle showed good vision on his runs and had a one-handed 25-yard catch-and-run in third quarter. He should continue to dominate early-down work going forward. Randle will be an RB2 for next week's matchup with the Eagles.
Sep 14 - 12:17 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said "all indications" are Joseph Randle will open the season as the No. 1 option in the Cowboys' backfield.

The Cowboys' official website said the same thing on Thursday. Everyone is guessing at Dallas' plan in the backfield, but the reality is the Cowboys do not even know how their running back rotation will work out. Dallas has a great matchup against the Giants' banged up and hapless defense this week, but the lack of clarity makes Randle and Darren McFadden risky bets. One of the two could provide a DFS tournament winning week.
Sep 12 - 11:22 AM reports the team appears to be "leaning toward" Joseph Randle as the starter at running back.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram branded Darren McFadden as the "likely starter" on Wednesday, but nearly every other sign has pointed toward Randle getting the first crack on early downs. Regardless of who starts, OC Scott Linehan has made it clear he doesn't have an established rotation. DMC could be allowed to get the "hot hand." Randle is an RB3 for Week 1. DMC is probably best left on your bench.
Sep 10 - 5:20 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday he still hasn't decided on a starter at running back for Week 1 against the Giants.

Perhaps more notably, Garrett said the nominal starting tailback "doesn't matter" because Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar will all play. Per beat writer Clarence Hill, "the bottom line is the Cowboys will truly be a running back by committee and the person who starts might not get the most carries." Randle and McFadden will both offer a lot of Week 1 upside, but also have low floors because their workloads are so uncertain. The Cowboys seem to be planning to use in-game "feel" to determine who gets the most work.
Sep 9 - 8:18 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer reported the team still does not know who will emerge from their running back rotation.

Joseph Randle looks poised to open the season with the starter title, but Darren McFadden is just as good a bet to lead the Cowboys in carries the opening week. Lance Dunbar should also be involved in the offense, while newly-acquired Christine Michael could have a role once he gets up to speed. There is a lot of upside in the Cowboys' running game, but figuring out who to start each week will be a nightmare. It is a situation to avoid if possible.
Source: ESPN
Sep 8 - 10:17 AM

The Dallas Morning News expects Joseph Randle to open the season as the Cowboys' starting running back.

It is a sentiment shared by the Cowboys' official website. While Randle likely will be on the field for Dallas' first offensive snap, he appears destined for an almost even timeshare with Darren McFadden. Lance Dunbar and newly-acquired Christine Michael could have roles as well. Randle is the riskiest of fantasy bets despite the "starting" tag.
Sep 7 - 9:28 AM's Bryan Broaddus expects Joseph Randle to be the Cowboys' starting tailback "until he proves he cannot handle it."

One of the most trusted voices on all things Cowboys -- and a former personnel man with the team -- Broaddus believes McFadden is the superior all-purpose back, but indicates the Cowboys are more likely to give Randle the first crack at first- and second-down work. McFadden appears to be more trusted in blitz protection, while Lance Dunbar offers a change of pace and could play in shotgun-oriented packages. Randle has the most fantasy value in the Cowboys' backfield, but McFadden is nipping at his heels. Randle has handled ten-plus carries in four career games and struggled in all four.
Sep 4 - 6:35 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones called running back "a position of interest" for Dallas once NFL teams turn in their final cuts.

Joseph Randle's grip on Dallas' lead-back job appears to be fading, while the Cowboys should be fully aware of Darren McFadden's lengthy injury history. No. 3 back Lance Dunbar has spent three years in the NFL and never totaled more than 30 rushing attempts. The Cowboys missed out on running backs in the draft and could turn to the NFL waiver wire for increased depth.
Sep 2 - 9:19 PM

Joseph Randle was an unexpected absence from the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon on Wednesday because he had to be in Kansas "for a court appearance."

Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randle's trip to Wichita "was not related" to a February incident where his ex-girlfriend alleged domestic violence, and was "likely" due to "either a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge." The Cowboys told reporters Randle's absence Wednesday was "for personal reasons."
Sep 2 - 6:46 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

"At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation.
Sep 1 - 5:57 PM

According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the Cowboys' plan to use an RBBC backfield is "not a bluff," and the rotation will be a "committee in the purest NFL form."

Per Robinson, "the Cowboys are adamant that their elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole." In other words, the Cowboys are banking on their O-Line and less on the talent of their backfield, which is questionable to be kind with Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar vying for work. Had Saturday night's preseason game been a regular season one, Robinson believes the Cowboys "would have ridden McFadden's hot hand," despite Randle starting the game. Robinson guesses none of the Cowboys' backs will rush for more than 850 yards this season.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM

Joseph Randle started the Cowboys' third preseason game, rushing six times for 15 yards.

He added an eight-yard reception. Randle got the ball on four of Dallas' first six plays, and carried the mail for the majority of the first quarter. As expected, Lance Dunbar operated as his change-of-pace back. Darren McFadden got some work with the first-team offense, but not until Dallas' fourth series. Randle is clearly going to get the first shot on early downs as the Cowboys begin the tall task of replacing DeMarco Murray, but he's a boom-or-bust RB2 in a crowded backfield. He finishes the preseason with 13 carries for 45 yards (3.46 YPC).
Aug 29 - 9:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brandon Weeden
2Matt Cassel
3Kellen Moore
4Tony Romo
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Christine Michael
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Terrance Williams
2Devin Street
3Dez Bryant
WR21Cole Beasley
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Devin Street
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1Ronald Leary
2La'El Collins
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey