After not making much of a splash in the first week of training camp, rookie running back Joseph Randle popped up a bit in Sunday’s scrimmage. He made some strong runs into the middle of the line, and he had a breakaway run late.
“I thought it was good,” coach Jason Garrett said of the performance. “Joseph’s a good football player. That’s why we drafted him where we did. He’s big. He looks bigger in pads than maybe he does in the cafeteria. He carries his pads well. He’s got quickness and explosiveness.”
The Cowboys took Randle in the fifth round, expecting him to develop into insurance in case of an injury to DeMarco Murray. But second-year veteran Lance Dunbar has zoomed past him in camp, and third-year player Phillip Tanner has been more consistent. Randle, who couldn’t practice in the offseason because of a thumb injury, is battling undrafted rookie Kendial Lawrence for snaps and attention.
“He makes mistakes, like all the young guys do, but he’s learning, and then he goes out there and plays fast,” Garrett said. “So a lot of positive traits that he has both as a runner and a receiver. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in there and block, either. So, a long way to go, but off to a good start.”
-- Carlos Mendez