After losing DeMarco Murray to their biggest rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, earlier this offseason the Dallas Cowboys are doing their best to convince the watching world that they can cope without the reigning Offensive Player of the Year.
Tasked with replacing over 1,800 yards, owner Jerry Jones believes the running back situation has improved since 2014, and potential starter Joseph Randle yesterday had the audacity to claim Murray "left meat on the bone" with his efforts last year.
Randle's comments lie somewhere between foolish and foolhardy, and it is no surprise that Murray has been asked for his response. His former teammate might want to take note.
Speaking like a man who doesn't want to upset anyone back in Dallas anymore than he already has done, Murray's response was the epitome of diplomacy:
"Hopefully [Randle] can taste some of that meat this year," said Murray. "They’re a good team. Hopefully he can get a chance to run behind that line and do some good things. But I’m not worried about it. I didn’t hear about it until now. It’s not a big deal.”
Murray is able to make light of the comments because, when you consider he made almost 1,000 yards after contact last year, there are few who would agree with Randle.
As for the current Cowboys running back, he has now put himself under a lot of pressure to go out there and usurp DeMarco Murray next season. With Dallas having improved their intimidating offensive line even further this offseason you could argue whoever is running the football at AT&T should be even more productive.
As he prepares for life in Philly DeMarco Murray will be best served focussing on learning Chip Kelly's offense rather than engaging in any back and forth with former teammates. His words this week, then, should help do just that.
Joseph Randle, meanwhile, first has to win the starting running back position before he can go about racking up yards. With only Darren McFadden as serious competition the job is there for the taking and the third-year RB has shown promise at times on the field. His off-field actions, though, may have some in Dallas worried.
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