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With former workhorse DeMarco Murray now hoofing it in Philadelphia, a new backfield star is bound to rise in Big D.
Place your bets on Joseph Randle.
Over his brief career, the rusher is probably best known for his off-the-field transgressions, most notably stealing underwear and cologne from a Dallas-area Dillard’s last October. That, however, may soon change.
In the Cowboys’ opening week of OTAs, Randle earned most of the first-team work, an observance that should surprise no one. Last year, the youngster, working as a complementary back, tallied an obscene 6.7 yards per carry. Granted that was accomplished on a tiny 51 carries, but, according to Pro Football Focus, his 61.3 yards after contact percentage and top-10 elusive rating suggest he isn’t some fleeting mirage.
With Darren McFadden, who would break a bone jumping into a pool of plastic balls, change-of-pace RB Lance Dunbar and swelled-knee Ryan Williams his only competition, it seems likely Randle could net upwards of 250-260 touches this fall. Considering Dallas boasts a mountain-moving offensive line and formidable vertical attack, favorable running lanes could be plentiful and wide. Assuming the depth chart doesn’t change, Randle has legitimate 1100-yard, 7-9 TD potential. Expect his 115.6 Yahoo ADP to soar as the mercury rises.