Joseph Randle is a healthy scratch

IRVING, Texas -- Of the Dallas Cowboys' seven 2013 draft picks, only fifth-round pick, running back Joseph Randle, didn't play in the regular-season opener against the New York Giants.

"I'm part of the program," Randle said. "Now when they need me, I'll be ready and I'll keep practicing hard."

Randle said the last time he suited up and didn't play in a game his father was the coach. Randle said he was 4 years old playing for his dad's fourth-grade football team. Randle said he was the deep safety and that bothered him because his father never let him get close to the action because of his age.

Then one day, Randle had enough of his father playing him at safety.

"I went into his room and gave him my equipment," Randle said. "Call him and ask him. The only time I ever quit at anything."

Randle did ride with his father to practice the same day to support him.

But Randle understands the business side of the NFL and isn't making any waves about sitting out. The Cowboys ran several offensive sets out of the shotgun and pistol formations and sometimes pass protection is a key for the running back. Randle doesn't play special teams so that also limited his playing time.

"I will be ready when they call me, hopefully sooner rather than later," he said. "It's all about the team."

Meanwhile, backup running back Phillip Tanner had five offensive snaps.