One of the most talked about positions this offseason, into Training Camp, and leading up to week one has been Running Back. Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar have been examined by the Coaching Staff and fans alike. With each back dealing with injuries during camp, it really sets up an interesting dynamic going forward.
At this point, it is apparent that Will McClay along with the coaches agree that what they have had in camp is better than popular free agent targets. Chris Johnson ended up taking an incentive-laden contract with the Cardinals. While Steven Jackson and the controversial Ray Rice remain without jobs, and Fred Jackson heads to Seattle in hopes of signing a deal.
With the Cowboys being slotted at twenty-seven in the claims process, it is highly unlikely they would be able to upgrade the position with a claim. Therefore, the only other method would be through trade. I can say with confidence they would not dare trade a Corner or Offensive Lineman at this point, yet that would not rule out using a draft pick to improve the position.
If they are not satisfied with what they already have…
I personally believe they will run with what they have, McFadden and Randle will probably split carries, with the hot hand receiving the bulk of them on a weekly basis. Dunbar will probably have special packages for him and may be used as a receiver if the team does not keep a fifth Wide Receiver.
I definitely am not on board with just adding a “name” back just because most know their name, that would be a terrible personnel decision.
The biggest factor will be McFadden’s health, behind this Offensive Line he could take full advantage of his burst and explosiveness. He also allows for Randle to not become overworked and exposed to the punishment that would come with twenty-five plus carries a game.
Along with those three, Tyler Clutts probably has a definite spot on this team as a blocker and possible third down pass protector as well. He and McFadden are definitely superior pass blockers than Randle right now, who has struggled throughout camp.
Of note, I feel that if Gus Johnson’s shoulder is healthy there is a strong chance that he makes the Practice Squad. He runs with a specific “want to” and has shown toughness in his attempts to play through his injury.