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Randle Setting Expectations Irrationally High As Murray's Successor

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 4: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball during the third quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cowboys defeated the Bears 41-28. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    Jerry Jones said earlier this offseason that the Cowboys’ running game this season would be “better” than 2014.

    And now the player scheduled to do the bulk of that heavy – better? – lifting agrees with his owner.

    As the Cowboys hold OTAs at Valley Ranch this week, Joseph Randle is getting the repetitions with the first unit.

    Though clearly in competition with Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams, it’s Randle’s job to lose.

    And, with a smidge of subtlety, he’s predicting a pretty big year on the heels of DeMarco Murray’s record-setting 2014. Murray led the NFL in rushing, setting a franchise-record with 1,845 yards on 392 carries, recording 12 100-yard games (including eight to start the season), and catching 57 passes.

    It was a better season than any produced by Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith. Color Randle unimpressed.

    “He had a good year last year,” Randle told reporters at Valley Ranch Wednesday afternoon. “I got to sit back and watch a lot, and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone.”

    It’s not clear if Randle was referring to – as I did repeatedly last season – bad cuts and missed holes by Murray. Or if he simply meant Murray left a juicy situation behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

    I think – given a choice right now in late May – Cowboys fans would accept Randle having half as good of a season as Murray did last year.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.