Joseph Randle shaking off rust

OXNARD, Calif. – After missing every on-field activity during the offseason because of thumb surgery, rookie running back Joseph Randle is trying to make up for lost time in training camp.

Through the first two days of camp, the Cowboys’ fifth-round pick has worked mostly as the fourth running back behind DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner.

“I’ve got to knock a little rust off,” Randle said.

Randle is wearing a splint on his right thumb for added protection but doesn't expect to need it when the regular season begins.

The Cowboys view Randle as the perfect supplement to Murray in case of injury. In Randle's last two years at Oklahoma State, he ran for 2,633 yards with 38 touchdowns. But he slipped to the fifth round, and the Cowboys gladly got a back they feel can be an every-down contributor if needed.

“I hope I get to take a lot of snaps,” Randle said. “Just like any other player, I don’t want to ride the bench. It’s hard for me to just sit on the side watching practice as long as I did when I would rather be out there getting reps myself. If it’s up to me, I would never come out of the game.”