Entering the off season, the biggest question for Dallas was… “Can the Dallas Cowboys keep the 2014 team together?”
Well, not so much.
As you all know, Dallas lost Running Back DeMarco Murray in free agency to a rival NFC East team, The Philadelphia Eagles. The loss of Murray had many fans questioning the Cowboys personnel and what could possibly be next with this backfield. A week after Free agency kicked off, the Cowboys landed Darren McFadden. The 7th year Vet from The Oakland Raiders. With not much success with the Raiders, it gave the fans a boost that McFadden could start from scratch with the number one ranked offensive line. Coming out of the 2015 draft, the Cowboys spend any of their picks on a Running Back. When asked why, Vice President and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said he has confidence in the current backfield lead by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.
Now with week two of preseason on the line, the Cowboys still felt confident with their group of running backs. Not much action was seen from the three backs in week one of preseason, but much more action was seen this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Darren McFadden took first team reps, and Lance Dunbar was sprinkled in the mix during a couple plays. Joseph Randle took most of the reps after McFadden and Dunbar were pulled from the game. Joseph Randle had a semi productive game, with 7 rushes for 30 yards to McFadden’s 3 rushes for 4 yards. It should be noted that the first string offensive line didn’t play aside from OC Travis Frederick and RT Doug Free during McFadden’s reps, yet with the backup offensive lines, Joseph Randle was able to create more yardage.
Two preseason games down and two more to go, the Cowboys are looking to keeping their starters healthy for week one of the regular season. We surely going to see more playing time for McFadden, Randle and Dunbar moving forward, and with a fully healthy offensive line, there is no doubt this backfield can contribute.