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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 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

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 9:02 AM

Joseph Randle admitted there is still a battle for snaps in the Cowboys' backfield.

Darren McFadden started the second preseason game, gaining just four yards on three attempts. Lance Dunbar worked with the first-team offense as the passing down back, catching two passes for three yards. Randle had the best night of the three, but he did not see his first carry until after Tony Romo left the field. The Cowboys could have been sending a message to Randle by limiting his first-team reps, but his usage against the 49ers suggests Randle's hold on the starting job is tenuous at best. He is a risky pick in the third round.
Aug 24 - 10:53 AM

Updating a previous item, Joseph Randle did play in the Cowboys' second preseason game on Sunday night.

It was reported Randle would be inactive due to his recurring oblique strain, but the third-year back got in some work off the bench. Randle played behind Darren McFadden, rushing seven times for 30 yards. McFadden started and managed four yards on three rushing attempts. So long as Randle can stay healthy, he'll remain the favorite for lead back work in Dallas.
Aug 23 - 9:32 PM

Joseph Randle (oblique) returned to Cowboys practice Friday.

He took first-team reps. Randle's oblique has become a recurring concern, but isn't a significant injury. Randle remains Dallas' best option at lead back, but he's expected to lose touches to Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.
Aug 21 - 1:53 PM

Joseph Randle is doubtful for Sunday's preseason game after aggravating his oblique injury in Thursday's practice.

Randle is now in a race against time to get cleared for Dallas' third preseason game, where depth charts are traditionally finalized. "It’s the same thing I had earlier," Randle said. "It flared up on me again. ... It’s just something we have to keep fighting through." Randle's absence comes just as Darren McFadden (hamstring) is finally healthy enough to get reps with the first team. Randle is an extremely risky investment at his current third- to fourth-round ADP.
Aug 21 - 12:01 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram continues to refer to the Cowboys' backfield as a "running back by committee."

Beat writer Charean Williams indicates the Cowboys have resisted making meaningful running back additions because they want to give the Joseph Randle-Darren McFadden-Lance Dunbar triumvirate every opportunity to succeed. Team observers have projected Randle to handle 15 touches per game, McFadden to handle ten touches per game, and Dunbar to see 5-8 per game.
Aug 19 - 9:42 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated he is pleased with and committed to Dallas' current stable of running backs.

The plan all along has been to replace DeMarco Murray with an RBBC of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar. All three have dealt with nicks and missed time in training camp, but they are all either healthy now or close. "We've had months and months and months to evaluate these guys or the prospects of playing with them," Jones said, "so you can't get nervous now."
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 17 - 12:29 PM

Joseph Randle (oblique) participated in Tuesday's practice.

Randle had to drop out of Monday's session, but he's avoided anything serious. It's still possible the Cowboys hold him out of Thursday's preseason opener as a precaution.
Aug 11 - 2:04 PM

Joseph Randle may not play in Dallas' preseason opener on Thursday night due to a "slight oblique strain."

Randle dropped out of Monday's practice after individual drills. The Cowboys have kept Randle in bubble wrap while Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar nurse injuries. They could conceivably hold Randle out for the rest of the week.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 10 - 11:33 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones is leaving the door open for the team to add a free agent running back if needed.

It's perhaps worth noting that Joseph Randle fumbled in team drills in front of reporters in Wednesday's practice. Darren McFadden (hamstring) remains on the shelf, and Lance Dunbar recently needed X-rays on his ankle. "We would have liked to have added a young running back to that group," said Jones. "The situation didn't present itself in the draft, so we didn't get that done. We probably missed out there. ... There's backs out there that I think still have some gas left in their tank, and if we need to go get one, we'll go get one."
Aug 5 - 9:59 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer suggests Joseph Randle could handle 15 carries per game this season, with Darren McFadden taking ten and Lance Dunbar getting five.

Archer expects Randle to fare "fine" as the Cowboys' replacement for DeMarco Murray, and concedes the weekly touch distribution "is subject to change based on the hot-hand theory." If Randle handled 15 carries per game and stayed healthy, he would finish at 240 for the season. McFadden is a better pass blocker than Randle, while Dunbar is arguably Dallas' best receiving back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 2 - 2:37 PM

Cowboys OC Scott Linehan said the team's run-heavy strategy is "not going to change" despite the departure of DeMarco Murray.

Dallas successfully used a high-volume rushing attack to hide its deficiencies on defense and Tony Romo's ailing back last season. Romo is as healthy as he's been in several years, but the defense is still suspect and the Cowboys have one of the best lines in the league. The issue for Linehan is at running back, where he is saddled with unproven talent Joseph Randle and washed-up veteran Darren McFadden. If Randle can prove his flashes last season are sustainable, he could allow the Cowboys to continue their ground-and-pound success and turn into a fantasy monster in the process. If he cannot handle the workload, however, Dallas may have to find a new offensive identity on the fly.
Aug 1 - 6:16 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cowboys' No. 1 running back job is "Joseph Randle's to lose."

Per RapSheet, the Cowboys expect "big things" from Randle, and love his "vision and explosiveness." After struggling mightily as a fifth-round rookie in 2013, Randle indeed showed improved burst as a sophomore, averaging nearly seven yards on 51 carries. Randle remains a high-risk fantasy investment based on his extremely-limited track record. His ADP is creeping toward round three.
Jul 31 - 9:33 PM

At the beginning of Cowboys camp Wednesday, owner Jerry Jones endorsed Joseph Randle as Dallas' "No. 1 back."

Specifically, Jones "expressed confidence" that Randle can handle the load as Dallas' lead runner. The Cowboys are expected to mix in washed-up Darren McFadden and scatback Lance Dunbar, but Randle is in position to open the season as the starter. A fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Randle is a questionable talent, albeit one poised to run behind the NFL's premier offensive line. Randle's fantasy stock is sure to skyrocket to the point where he's an aggressive-bordering-on-reaching fantasy pick by the end of August.
Jul 29 - 5:18 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
4Jameill Showers
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Gus Johnson
5Michael Hill
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
2Ray Agnew
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
3Lucky Whitehead
4Antwan Goodley
5David Porter
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3A.J. Jenkins
4Phil Bates
5Clyde Gates
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
5Brandon Barden
K1Dan Bailey