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Joseph Randle | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Oklahoma State
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Joseph Randle has won the Cowboys' No. 3 running back job.
After looking like a non-NFL player as a rookie, Randle made strides this preseason, displaying improved burst and averaging 4.6 YPC on 20 runs. He beat out Ryan Williams. In the event of a DeMarco Murray injury, Randle would share Dallas' backfield with Lance Dunbar. We prefer the more versatile Dunbar as a handcuff to Murray, though Randle would be worth consideration. Aug 31 - 4:18 PM

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RB Joseph Randle was forced from the Cowboys' third preseason game with a strained oblique.

His return is officially questionable, but it would be a surprise if he saw any more action. Randle did not record a stat in the game. Ryan Williams should get an extended look with Randle sidelined.
Aug 23 - 8:19 PM

Jerry Jones said Joe Randle is "really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration."

Through two preseason games, Randle has rushed 20 times for 91 yards (4.55 YPC). He's ahead of Ryan Williams in their battle to stick as the third running back behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

Joseph Randle started Thursday night's preseason opener against the Chargers, rushing 13 times for 50 yards.

DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar both sat out, leaving Randle to show he's well ahead of Ryan Williams for No. 3 RB duties. The Cowboys' supremely talented first-team offensive line repeatedly paved big holes on the first drive, when Randle rushed five times for 29 yards. If the oft-injured Murray were to go down at any point, Randle would be an inside complement to Dunbar.
Aug 7 - 11:56 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Joseph Randle has the "inside track" on the Cowboys' No. 3 tailback job, and "would likely take over the every-down role" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Six weeks ago, ESPN Dallas had Randle in danger of losing his roster spot. Archer's inference is that No. 2 back Lance Dunbar's role wouldn't change much if Murray got hurt, with Randle assuming lead-back work. It's notable, but we find it tough to believe. Randle struggled as a rookie (3.0 YPC) and didn't profile well into the NFL coming out of college. We think he's still on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 17 - 10:09 AM

ESPN Dallas believes Joseph Randle is in danger of losing his roster spot.

With the addition of Ryan Williams, Randle is no longer a lock to open the season as the No. 3 back. Lance Dunbar is returning in a change-of-pace role, but one of Randle or Williams will be the top early-down backup to DeMarco Murray. Randle made two starts filling in for Murray last year and averaged 3.0 yards per carry.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 24 - 2:24 PM

Joseph Randle didn't touch the ball in Dallas' Week 15 loss to the Packers.

The Cowboys went extremely pass heavy in a game they coughed up in stupefying fashion. DeMarco Murray got all 18 of the Cowboys' rushing attempts. Randle is a middling Dynasty-league prospect, but still needs to be owned outside of re-draft formats.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:40:00 PM

Joseph Randle rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on nine carries in Monday night's Week 14 loss to the Bears.

Randle handled running back duties on the final drive in the blowout loss and punched it in from one yard away with six seconds left on the clock. Anyone and everyone is running wild on the Bears this season. Randle remains a pure backup and change-of-pace to DeMarco Murray. He's off the re-draft radar.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:08:00 AM

Joseph Randle rushed for three yards on one carry in Week 9 against Minnesota.

With DeMarco Murray returning to the lineup from his sprained MCL, Randle was relegated to backup duties along with Lance Dunbar. Randle is back on the handcuff radar. If Murray goes down again, Randle will be the starter.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 06:01:00 PM

Again filling in for DeMarco Murray (knee), Joseph Randle rushed 14 times for just 26 yards in Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Lions, adding three catches for 18 yards.

The Lions entered the game allowing a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry, but made a point of taking away the run, and succeeded. Randle was stopped for two or fewer yards on nine of his 14 carries. It's possible the Cowboys will go with more of a committee in Week 9 if Murray isn't ready to return. Lance Dunbar touched the ball just five times against the Lions.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Jerry Jones said Joseph Randle played "exceptional for us" in the Week 7 win over the Eagles.

We saw Randle's 22-touch, 93-yard performance as solid but not spectacular. But Jones is citing it -- along with Lance Dunbar's return -- as a reason he won't rush DeMarco Murray (knee) back. "[Randle] gives us confidence now as we go into Detroit. We want to be real careful with how fast we bring (back) Murray." Jones said. If Murray is inactive, Randle will start Sunday's game against the Lions as a flex option. Dunbar will be his caddy along with Phillip Tanner.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Joseph Randle rushed 19 times for 65 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards in Sunday's 17-3 win at Philadelphia.

Randle's debut as the starting running back for America's Team went as expected. He handled the early-down work without much flash or wiggle, just getting what's blocked and trying not to make mistakes. Phillip Tanner came in on passing downs and played in the red-zone, which resulted in Randle losing out on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter. Regardless, any running back that's a candidate for 20 touches needs to be on fantasy rosters. We'll find out the status of DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) later this week.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Joseph Randle is taking the first-team RB reps at Wednesday's practice, as expected.

DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) aren't going to play Sunday. It leaves Randle as the clear-cut workhorse, with only Philip Tanner in a supporting role. We've never been especially high on the fifth-round rookie's talent, but he projects to see plenty of touches in a game oddsmakers project to be among Week 7's highest scoring games (55 total points). Randle is a fine plug-n-play flex option with a hint of upside.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com expects Joseph Randle to be the team's starting tailback in Week 7.

The Cowboys have five plus running game matchups all stacked in a row. The play the Eagles, Lions, Vikings, Saints, and Giants over their next five games. DeMarco Murray is headed for a Monday MRI on his left knee. "Yeah, DeMarco, that's going to be a tough loss," Tony Romo said after Sunday night's win. The Cowboys are clearly bracing for a multi-game absence from Murray. Randle is going to be the starter, and scatback Lance Dunbar (hamstring) will be the change-of-pace complement whenever he gets healthy.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Filling in for DeMarco Murray (knee), Joseph Randle rushed 11 times for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Redskins.

He added two catches for 15 yards. Randle took over for Murray in the first half and converted on a goal-line carry late in the fourth quarter. He was the clear-cut preferred option over Phillip Tanner with Lance Dunbar (hamstring) sidelined. Randle is currently Murray's direct backup and could be in line to start in Week 7 against the Eagles.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 12:32:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3Dwayne Harris
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
K1Dan Bailey