Questions about the running game have surrounded the Dallas Cowboys offense ever since running back DeMarco Murray departed from the team and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Since then Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spent the offseason talking up third-year running back Joseph Randle veteran Darren McFadden.
Jerry Jones says Joseph Randle has the potential to be a #1 RB & Darren McFadden has the potential to make big plays. @BlueStarBlog
— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) July 29, 2015
With training camp in full swing, quarterback Tony Romo discussed the Cowboys current running back situation:
“DeMarco obviously had an incredible season last year. He’s one of my good friends, so the business side of it when that takes place is never enjoyable to watch something like that happen,” Romo said on the Around the NFL Podcast. “At the same time, it’s an opportunity for some of these other guys to step in and take a role that’s obviously coveted, and I think so far through training camp it’s gone pretty well.”
“These guys have stepped up and shown some flashes that we’re pretty excited about. Now they got to take it and run with it and we’ll find out through training camp and preseason how good they really are. You got to give the opportunity to see.”
While a lot of the media focus spotlights Randle, it was reported by the Cowboys that the team plans to use the running-back-by-committee approach this year. This would consist of Randle, Lance Dunbar and McFadden whenever he is ready to join the group. McFadden suffered a hamstring injury that has him currently on the PUP list.
Obviously, Romo is only saying what we all would expect him to say—there are no surprises here. He’s not going to say he’s working with a bunch of hacks, even if that were the case.
As for fantasy football players the dreaded “running back by committee” are the last words one wants to hear when targeting a possible running back.
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