Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/6/13
When the Dallas Cowboys selected Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Joseph Randle in the fifth round, it was one of the smartest decisions they made in the 2013 Draft after making a couple of questionable earlier picks.It has been reported by the Dallas Morning News that Randle has agreed to a four-year deal for roughly $2.29 million.So he will be hungry wanting to shine to earn those big bucks and have more control on his next contract.Now with Randle in the backfield, the Cowboys will not have to worry about losing steam if featured back DeMarco Murray suffers another injury like he has his first two seasons in the league.They also will have a top 5 rushing attack this season with their new two-headed monster coming out of the backfield with Randle backing Murray up.Last season Randle ran for 1,417 yards, and 14 touchdowns in 13 games, ranking him 20th out of all backs in college football in a pass-heavy offense. As a team the Cowboys ran for 1,265 yards, and 8 touchdowns with their offense in 16 games.Even though the Cowboys had a chance to grab one of the higher-ranked backs in the draft; Randle fills the needs of head coach Jason Garrett and the Cowboys offense.Randle is built on the perfect frame at 6'3" and 193 pounds to offer not only a power running game but a receiving threat when all the other play-makers are covered up. In three seasons with the Cowboys Randle pulled in 108 catches for 917 yards, and 3 touchdowns.Now with Felix Jones no longer with the team, Randle will see his fare share of touches this next season. Look for him to get about 131 carries for 721 yards, and 10 touchdowns on the ground.Randle should also have a good year catching the ball the way quarterback Tony Romo likes to toss the pigskin around. He should catch around 44 balls this season for 374 yards, and 5 touchdowns to become one of Romo's favorite backfield targets.So far through rookie camps and organized team activities, Randle has been working out with a cast on his hand due to a thumb injury. According to reports coming out of Cowboys camp, he will be 100 percent by July 21st when the Cowboys take the field for the first training camp practice of the year.The Cowboys still have mandatory camps taking place June 11th – June 13th before they report to Oxnard July 20th for that first all important press conference to open training camp.At this point the Cowboys do not have any running backs worthy of an early draft pick in fantasy football. Randle will be a good free agent pick up if your league is drafting early when it is more clear who will see the bulk of the carries for the Cowboys.Just because Murray is listed as the featured back heading into the season does not mean he will be the starter when the season kicks off against the New York Giants. If Randle can beat Murray out for the starting job, it's possible he could win Offensive Rookie of the Year.The Cowboys are a team that is known for it's legendary running backs and it's time to restore order on the ground.
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