The Dallas Cowboys have all of their offensive skill positions locked up, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t position battles to be had. The third and fourth receiver spots and third string running back positions are still up for grabs and anyone who thinks that they aren’t important haven’t watched the Cowboys play the last three seasons. For the running back battle, it is Joseph Randle against former second round draft pick Ryan Williams and ESPN pointed out on Friday that Randle had a great showing in the team’s first preseason game.
While Williams really impressed in the passing game, Randle outgained him on the ground and also impressed coaches in the special teams’ game. While one of the two running backs might be needed considering the vulnerability of both DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar, they need to prove that they can contribute elsewhere and special teams is the most important place on the field for them to make their name.
On the ground, Joseph Randle finished the game with 50 rushing yards on 13 carries, a nice 3.8 yard per carry average. That average is much higher than Randle finished 2013 with. He also proved to be quick and decisive on the line, something important in the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive scheme. However, he really impressed coaches with his special teams play. He made one tackle on special teams and was always hustling.
Sure, Ryan Williams looked a little better on offense, with some key receptions and a close yard per carry average on the ground. However, it is the best special teams player who will earn a spot on the team in 2014 as the third string running back. With Murray and Dunbar set to rest most of the preseason games, it is time to see whether Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams steps up to grab the brass ring.