Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (21) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle Must Improve in 2014

Together with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackman, Randle helped form one of the most explosive offenses in the country at Oklahoma State. Joseph Randle was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 to serve as the backup to oft-injured starter, DeMarco Murray.

Randle slipped to the 5th round largely because of his speed. The RB lacks top-end speed traditionally needed to make long game-breaking plays. The Cowboys saw a player who is fast on film and runs smart. Randle always found a way for positive yardage and was effective in both long and short yardage situations.

Randle has a shifty nature to his running. He’s patient and best suited for a zone blocking scheme (which the Cowboys run under Bill Callahan). Randle is an excellent receiver used out of the backfield or used in motion and stretched outside.

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (21) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Contrary to popular belief, Randle had a VERY disappointing rookie season with the Cowboys. His patience turned to hesitancy, resulting in many lost opportunities and a 3 yards per carry average. He was an effective receiver and pass blocker which affords him more playing time.

Much like lead back DeMarco Murray, Randle has a tall and upright running style, although he lacks the burst when making his cut up-field. Randle will never be as explosive as Murray but he needs to improve his burst on his cut to be effective in this offense.

With Lance Dunbar projected as a 3rd down/change of pace back, Randle needs to be the primary backup to DeMarco. If DeMarco misses time in 2014, the Cowboys need to know they have a replacement they can rely on. Randle needs to prove that early in camp or he may miss his opportunity.

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