The Cowboys want to get back to the formula that worked so well in 2014 when DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards.
They drafted Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall to be the lead back but have two other backs who can handle big workloads. In order to maximize -- or justify -- the selection of a running back that high, Elliott has to get a lot of work.
Can they keep McFadden and Morris happy? In his two years as offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan has relied mostly on one back to carry the load. First it was Murray, and last year, after Joseph Randle fell apart, it was McFadden.
The story quoted Linehan as saying he already trusts Elliott to be on the field in any situation and he thinks he's a full-package back, which means Morris and McFadden are insurance and/or role players. McFadden will not be ready for camp and Lance Dunbar is likely headed for the PUP list despite recovering quicker than expected from a torn ACL, but is more of a third down back. These are all reasons Elliott is one of the top backs to draft this year.
A year ago, Joseph Randle was preparing for his first year as the starting tailback of the Dallas Cowboys, taking over the job from DeMarco Murray. Now, Randle is moving closer and closer to an extended stay in prison.
Via TMZ, a Kansas judge has found Randle to be mentally competent to stand trial on felony charges arising from a beer-pong game gone bad.
Randle allegedly reacted to whatever happened during the game by attacking guests at a party in Kansas and then hitting multiple people with his car.
Randle remains in custody, and a competency exam resulted in a finding that Randle is mentally capable to participate in a trial.
Randle was given a four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming back to a February incident in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. The suspension is effective immediately, despite the fact that Randle cleared waivers last week and is currently a free agent.
That answers at least one question surrounding a bizarre couple of weeks for the former fifth-round draft pick. Randle left the Cowboys’ facility and did not return several weeks ago, as team officials said he was dealing with personal issues. At the same time, reports surfaced that Randle was facing a suspension for the incident in February. The charges were eventually dropped, but he was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, and he was also investigated for a domestic violence claim from the mother of his son.
The Dallas Cowboys made another change to their backfield.
Running back Joseph Randle was waived, sources confirmed to FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
Randle, who did not play in last Sunday's loss against the Seahawks because of a strained oblique, is facing discipline for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Randle opened the season as the team's starting running back and rushed for 315 yards, four touchdowns in six games this season.
Owner Jerry Jones expressed concern over Randle regarding mental health issues in a story we had on Monday. Darren McFadden looks like the clear-cut RB1 for now with Christine Michael assuming the backup role. Tyler Clutts is next up on the depth chart, and the team will likely have to make a move for another back. McFadden has put together two pretty good fantasy games and was especially involved in the passing game against Seattle last week.