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On tape, Randle played in an offense where the majority of the time he played as the single back in a shotgun attack. From my view, Randle had two strong traits which was his ability to take the ball, read the hole and attack it which will serve him well in this zone running scheme which the Cowboys are using more under Bill Callahan. The second trait, was his ability to catch the ball in space. There were several places in the formation where Randle would line up for the chance to receive the ball and he was able to complete the job with good success. As most rookie backs, where he will have to improve is in blitz pickup and understanding where he fits in the protection.
There were times where Tanner would just take the ball, lower his head and run till he heard glass break. That is no longer the case for him. As a pass protector, he still plays square but he needs to do a better job of maintaining his position and finishing his block. If he gets that part down, he will be a more complete back.
Lance Dunbar looks thicker physically at 191 pounds and that is a positive sign. I feel like that he is the “Wildcard” in this group because of all the situations he can handle when playing in space. There is real explosiveness to his game and you can clearly see it when the ball is in his hands. Where he can be a real factor is in this zone scheme when the ball is handed to him and then he is able to get through the hole and into the second level.
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As the Cowboys enter the 2013 season, the hope is for DeMarco Murray to remain healthy, because he gives you the best chance to jump start a running game that was ranked 31st in the league in 2012. Bill Callahan said it best, “When Murray is in the game, he makes us all better blockers, no question about it”. The front office and coaches had a 3rd round grade on Joseph Randle which was higher than Andre Ellington, Theo Riddick and Mike Gillislee who are all good players. There is no doubt of their confidence in his ability but if something were to happen to Murray, look for the coaches to turn to Tanner and Dunbar to carry the load first because of their experience in this offense but physically how they have prepared themselves for that opportunity.