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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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DallasCowboys.com'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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
4Jameill Showers
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
2Ray Agnew
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
3Lucky Whitehead
4Nick Harwell
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3A.J. Jenkins
4Clyde Gates
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
K1Dan Bailey