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Is Randle Mentally Competent: Attitude, Arrogance, & Coachability?



Cowboys Blog - Is Randle Mentally Competent: Attitude, Arrogance, & Coachability?

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Joseph Randle had two words to say on his TD/fumble: "Six points.

When taking the "Six points" comment at face value, it is indeed accurate. Yet, it shows a deeper issue with Joseph Randle that began showing up in the public eye last season.

Whether it was the incident of theft, comments about other players on the team, or a few other incidents that made you scratch your head, questions have surrounded Randle's mentality toward the privilege of playing for the Dallas Cowboys and being in the NFL.

While the Offensive Line has struggled with their run blocking consistency this year, it's clear Randle's "Meat On The Bone" comments were quite overzealous. He also hasn't made the correct decisions with the ball in his hands on several occasions. None of which more questioning than his continued diving over the top on goal line situations.

As I mentioned earlier this week, this has been something the Coaching Staff has been on him about since training camp.

Then when questioned his remark of "Six points" leads you to believe that Randle still does not quite understand the error of his ways. There have been near costly fumbles every time Randle has decided to expose the ball in the way he has. On Monday Night Football, Calvin Johnson lost what could have been a game-winning touchdown by extending the ball in the field of play.

Jason Garrett, Gary Brown, and Frank Pollack had very good reason to be upset with Randle and his decision to ignore coaching. Despite that, coach Garrett came to his defense during his Press Conference on Monday, stating that Randle was indeed coachable.

Keep in mind, Garrett is not known to publically ridicule players. Yet, he did respond, "Combination of both" when asked if Randle seeing fewer snaps in the second half was a result of the fumble or game situations.

Well, does anything change?

Joseph Randle is not DeMarco Murray. He isn't gashing defenses for one hundred yards and more with regularity. He isn't showing to have the same selfless attitude that Murray displayed either. Quite frankly, Randle has shown far more arrogance than his play warrants.

While Murray had his fumble issues, Randle cannot afford to continue to upset his coaches. If Darren McFadden or Christine Michael begin having consistent success, there is no question a change will be made to who is the starting Running Back.

I don't believe a change will be made this week, however if Randle continues to show he is the wrong kind of guy and is not producing on the field, his role on the team will be diminished.

If rumors are accurate, perhaps Murray was correct in voting for removing Randle from the Dallas Cowboys. As of right now, Joseph Randle is proving to not be worth the headache.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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