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DeMarco Murray will not appreciate Cowboys RB's latest comments

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Even after jumping ship to their biggest rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, this offseason you'd be hard pressed to find many Dallas Cowboys fans complaining about DeMarco Murray's on-field output during the 2014 campaign.

The stud running back racked up an incredible 1,845 rushing yards last year - a full 500 ahead of his nearest rival - and was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year.

Bold statement

Despite his crucial role, Dallas allowed Murray to leave the team this offseason. Now one of the men charged with replacing him in 2015 has fired shots in Murray's direction - making a claim that will either bamboozle or inspire Cowboys fans moving forward.

Speaking as the Dallas Cowboys began OTAs this week, third-year running back Joseph Randle seemed to suggest that, had he been given the same opportunity as DeMarco Murray during the 2014 season, the results might have been even better:

Looking to rise above the parapet in Dallas and claim the running back job for his own ahead of competition from Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, you can't claim that Randle is lacking confidence.

Overlooking Murray

To suggest that Murray's exploits in 2014 left a lot to be desired though is a stretch, even when you factor in the imposing offensive line that the Cowboys assembled in front of him.

While their blocking opened up lanes for DeMarco Murray the Pro Bowler still needed to make those yards and break tackles on route to 13 touchdowns.

Randle's comments come in the wake of franchise owner Jerry Jones claiming the team's running game in in better shape for 2015 and clearly there is a deep routed belief that the O-line was the key to last year's successful running game.

A big step

Whether Joseph Randle can back up his bullish comments, or whether he will even get the chance, remains to be seen.

The former Oklahoma State RB managed an impressive 6.7 average yards per game in limited opportunities in 2014 but has ran into trouble off the field during his brief NFL career so far.

As well as an arrest for theft, Randle has also been arrested for marijuana possession and investigated in relation to a domestic abuse allegation.

Cowboys fans: Do you believe Murray can be replaced, or will the team regret letting him leave? Have your say in the comments below...

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