There have been concerns surrounding the durability of Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. He has consistently been nagged with injuries since taking over as the team’s full-time back, so they need to explore different options and think of a back up plan in case injury strikes again.
For the Cowboys, that insurance policy could be fifth-round draft pick Joseph Randle.
According to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are convinced that Randle has the ability to be the team’s full-time starter if Murray goes down with another injury:
The Cowboys believe he can be a full-time back if something happened to DeMarco Murray, but he was a fifth-round pick. Randle will have to show he can beat out Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tannerto do the job.
Randle will get that chance once he is cleared to play.
He is currently dealing with a thumb injury that has kept him out of minicamps and OTAs, but that injury hasn’t done anything to make the Cowboys think he isn’t capable of taking over the starting job if necessary.