Last season, I held out hope that Randle would prove his doubters wrong. If you recall, the Cowboys took Randle over Zac Stacy, whom many favored – over Randle – at that point in the Draft. Unfortunately Randle didn’t do that. In fact, when he took the field, you could see that the former fifth round pick wasn’t ready.
Heading into training camp, I think it’s safe to say that DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar will be the Cowboys’ No. 1 and No. 2 running back, respectively. The question then becomes, who will be the No. 3 running back?
If you had asked me that question at the end of the 2013 NFL Season, I would have said that Randle would be the No. 3 running back, hands down. However, that’s not the case as of today because Randle will have to fend off newcomers Ryan Williams, a former second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, and undrafted rookie free agent Ben Malena.
So far, everything I’ve heard about Williams suggests that he’s fitting in well with the Cowboys. However, that’s not to say that he’s blowing Randle out of the water because that’s simply not the case.
For what it’s worth, Randle has been holding his own during OTAs and minicamp. From what I hear, Randle has been better at catching the ball out of the backfield and in pass protection than both Williams and Malena, which are two things that Scott Linehan absolutely requires out of his running backs.
Aside from the obvious duties of a running back, the Cowboys’ No. 3 running back must also be able to make plays on special teams, which might ultimately decide which guy gets the job.