We knew the Dallas Cowboys were very confident in their young offensive line, and for good reason. But before the draft, we might not have known just how confident they were.
The Cowboys, who lost the NFL’s reigning rushing champion DeMarco Murray this offseason, went all seven rounds without selecting a running back. That leaves Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams to fill the void of production left by Murray. No disrespect to those guys, but none of their names exactly jump out at you, and it’s a testament to the faith the team has in the offensive line.
As for that offensive line, like the front office apparently, they’re confident in the running backs they have.
“I think it’s probably a little bit of faith in us, but I think it’s also faith in the running backs we have right now,” said center Travis Frederick, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “It’s a really good group of guys. I’m really excited to watch them run, especially run together as kind of a 3-headed monster. LD (Dunbar) is so quick and shifty, then we got Joe (Randle) who just hits the hole and makes such crazy cuts, and obviously Darren (McFadden) is in there and he’s a difference-maker.”
Of course, confident in the running back group in place or not, no one up front is deluding themselves in thinking the loss of Murray isn’t a major one.
“Obviously, (Murray) was a big loss,” said right guard Zack Martin. “He was such a great player and such a great teammate. But, like Travis said, I think everyone in that organization has faith in the guys we have. And I know as offensive line, we have all the faith in the world. And getting Darren and kind of knowing his history, we know he's a big-time player. So it's exciting to go in fresh this season and kind of learn how we're going to gel together.”