As the Cowboys open Organized Team Activities this week at Valley Ranch, the running back job is apparently Joseph Randle’s to lose.
From the flashes we’ve seen on the field, he has the talent to keep the gig. But from the gaudy lapses in judgement off the field, he’ll be lucky to keep a roster spot.
DeMarco Murray’s role will likely be replaced by a gaggle of runners including Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
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Because he served in the backup role last season, Randle will likely line up with the starters this week. He showed bursts in 2014, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
The question with Randle isn’t between the sidelines, it’s between his ears. There was the shoplifting arrest, followed by promises of a “light-bulb” moment and serious attention to his profession. And that, of course, was followed by the off-season incident in Kansas in which he was arrested for domestic abuse.
But with those charges dropped, the Cowboys are seemingly putting the pressure on Randle. It’s your job, take it.
We’ll start learning in OTAs if Randle is good enough – mature enough – to hold off McFadden for the role.
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.