With DeMarco Murray injured, former Oklahoma State Cowboy turned Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle is getting the first team reps at running back. Randle was a fifth round pick out of Oklahoma State to be a backup and complement to Murray, but Murray sadly has trouble staying healthy, so Randle has been pressed into service early.
Randle’s debut was last week against the Washington Redskins and it was not exactly the one he was hoping to have. He had 11 carries for just 17 yards and 14 of those yards were on one play. He was able to get a touchdown as well as catch a pair of passes for 15 yards.
The Cowboys are hoping that with the first team reps this week, he can come out and play much better against the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle for first place in the NFC East. While the Cowboys offense is based around what quarterback Tony Romo can do with a talented group of receiving threats, they would like a little more from their running game. If for no other reason, some semblance of a running game could serve to keep defenses honest and take some pressure off of Romo and open up more opportunities for them to make plays. Randle could provide a big boost for the Cowboys if he can get going as well as show the Cowboys they have another back they can count on when Murray is unavailable.