Joseph Randle RB DAL 1 week ago

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle received deferred adjudication Thursday for an arrest on shoplifting charges last October, according to the Dallas Morning News. Randle will now be on probation for 180 days and will have his charges dismissed if he can stay out of trouble during that time. "He’s just relieved and ready to move on and focus on training camp," Randle's attorney Steven Bell said. "He regrets the situation. He’s a good young man." Minor theft is a relatively uncommon offense for a professional athlete so there is little precedent for the NFL to follow in regard to this case, but it appears that they do not plan to pursue a suspension at this time. Randle is currently atop the running back depth chart for the team and could solidify his position as the starter with a strong training camp.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 1 month ago

The Cowboys' lead running back job is likely Randle's to lose, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.

Randle took most of the first-team reps during the offseason, and his competition for the starting job is less than impressive. It's been a long time since Darren McFadden was effective, even when healthy. Ryan Williams (knee) also has health concerns and a shaky track record, while the Cowboys seemingly view Lance Dunbar as more of a change-of-pace/passing-down option. If he does lock down a role as the Cowboys' lead running back, Randle will get to run behind a top-notch offensive line for a team that won 12 games last year. He wouldn't necessarily stay on the field in obvious passing situations, as DeMarco Murray typically did the past few seasons, but it's at least a possibility.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 2 months ago

Randle continues to handle first-team reps in OTAs, as neither Darren McFadden (hamstring) nor Ryan Williams (knee) have been healthy enough to take part in team drills.

While it's still a long way to training camp, much less Week 1, the fact that Randle's injury-prone competition is already having trouble staying healthy reaffirms the fact that at this point he should be considered the favorite to emerge as the Cowboys' primary running back. If Randle can avoid any off-field troubles, he has a real shot at putting together a breakout season.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 2 months ago

Randle, and not Darren McFadden, is expected to get the initial look with the Cowboys' first team offense as the team heads into their OTAs, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Fantasy players will be keeping a very close eye on how the Cowboys backfield shakes out heading into Week 1, given the production any back could have running behind their supremely talented offensive line. Randle's off-field issues are still a concern, but his 6.7 YPC in limited touches last year highlights his potential value if he wins the starting job.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 3 months ago

Randle is set to be a big part of the Cowboys' backfield this season after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.

He's second on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden, but McFadden's inability to stay healthy throughout his career could leave a lot of touches available for other backs. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but Randle's off-field issues make him a risky player to invest in as well.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 3 months ago

Randle won't face felony charges stemming from a reported domestic disturbance at a hotel in Wichita on Feb. 3, reports.

Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Sedgwick County (Kan.) District Attorney's Office determined that there was "a lack of evidence" to go forward with the case, though Randle could potentially face misdemeanor charges. The 23-year-old running back carried 51 times for 343 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games for Dallas in 2014, while serving as the team's primary backup to DeMarco Murray, who is now with Philadelphia.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 5 months ago

With Demarco Murray's departure for Philadelphia as a free agent, Randle is currently at the top of the Cowboys' depth chart at running back.

Before you get too excited about Randle as a sleeper, consider that the 'Boys will almost certainly look to use a pick to bolster the position in a deep and loaded draft class for RBs headlined by Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley, and that there's a chance Randle himself may not be back with the team depending on the outcome of an investigation into domestic violence allegations. Still, if things break the right way for Randle, he could be Dallas' starting running back in Week 1 behind their top-shelf offensive line.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 6 months ago

Randle will not be charged for possession of a controlled substance, but he is now being investigated for accusations of domestic violence, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The new issue is obviously far more serious, and with Randle again drawing headlines for all the wrong reasons, it won't be surprising if the Cowboys eventually decide to release him. The team may wait to see how this latest incident plays out, but it's worth keeping in mind that domestic violence convictions now lead to a mandatory six-game suspension.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 6 months ago

Randle was cited with a ticket but not arrested on marijuana charges, his agent Erik Burkhardt reports.

It was initially reported that Randle was arrested on the drug charge, but it appears that may not have been the case. At this point, it's a bit unclear on what impact (if any) it will have on his footprint in the Cowboys' 2015 backfield.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 6 months ago

Randle was arrested on Tuesday for marijuana possession, KWCH Wichita reports.

Randle appeared to be in line to assume a much larger share of the Cowboys' backfield touches if DeMarco Murray left the team as a free agent, but given this news it seems unlikely that Dallas will be factoring Randle too heavily into their 2015 plans.