Rookie report: Joseph Randle

With the Cowboys off at the bye week, we take a look at how the team's draft picks have fared.

Joseph Randle

Pick: Fifth round (No. 131 overall)

What he’s done: Randle, whose offseason work was cut short because of thumb surgery before the draft, did not play or was inactive the first three weeks of the season and it took a DeMarco Murray knee injury to get Randle any sort of regular work. He has carried 45 times for 111 yards and has a touchdown. He has also caught eight passes for 61 yards.

Season outlook: Judging Randle solely by yards per carry would not be fair. He faced difficult kill-the-clock situations to close out wins against Washington and Philadelphia. He has solid vision and has a good feel for when to hit it up the field.

It’s doubtful he will get a lot of work over the final six weeks. Murray will be the lead runner, but even that might not be saying much considering the Cowboys’ proclivity for passing the ball. Randle is a good insurance policy to have if something happens to Murray. He secures the ball better than Lance Dunbar, but the Cowboys still want to get Dunbar some work on third down.