Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #70||DAL||Active||3 years||23||6'0||204||@JRAN_1|
2014 Outlook:Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
Injuries in the backfield gave Joseph Randle an immediate opportunity to show the Cowboys what they were getting with their 2013 fifth round pick. Unfortunately for Randle, he did not impress and now finds himself down a bit on the depth chart. Randle averaged a pedestrian 3.0 yards per rush on 54 carries and started two games during DeMarco Murray's absence. With the signing of Ryan Williams, Randle is going to have to earn a roster spot and improve on his running between the tackles.
At least one running back in Dallas is under contract. While DeMarco Murray's future may be up in the air, former practice-squad RB Ryan Williams has signed a two-year deal with America's Team. Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by Arizona, Williams will receive a $240,000 signing bonus and a yearly salary of $750,000 from the Cowboys. Williams had a lot of heat coming out of Virginia Tech, but his career came to a screeching halt after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee on his first run of a 2011 preseason game.Fantasy Analysis:
An explosive runner with great vision, Williams has a ton of potential. However, he has a history of putting the ball on the carpet and being carted off the field. Still, at only 24 years old, Williams' capacity for growth remains bountiful. His promotion from the Cowboys' practice squad may not mean much for Murray or RB Joseph Randle, but it could negatively affect RB Lance Dunbar's future with the team. It's unlikely that the Cowboys will spend $1.575 million to tender Dunbar, which means Williams could have a chance to compete with Randle for touches. Depending on how the Dallas backfield shakes out, Williams has an opportunity to steal all sorts of thunder.
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