With both DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar held out of the preseason opener on Thursday night, Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle looked promising, going for 50 yards on 13 carries.
"He did a good job of cutting his foot in the ground and getting up the field," said head coach Jason Garrett, per ESPN Dallas. "It looked like he saw the field well, saw the holes, saw the soft spots and got north and south. I thought he had a real good night."
A fifth round pick out of Oklahoma State a year ago, Randle had just 164 yards on 54 carries and a pair of touchdowns in 2013. This year, though, he’ll battle Ryan Williams for a roster spot.
To that end, Randle only helped his case by recording a tackle on special teams against the Chargers.
"I'm trying to take step forwards every day," Randle said. "This is the time of year you grind and try to move up the depth chart. I'm supposed to be pushing my way toward more playing time and finding a role on this team."
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