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|Despite having Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower in the backfield, the Cardinals drafted Williams in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and traded Hightower in the preseason once they were confident that Williams could replace his production. However, a torn patella tendon caused Williams to miss his entire rookie campaign and he will enter 2012 stuck behind Beanie Wells on the depth chart. While Williams is the shiftier of the two backs as well as being the better receiving option, he lacks breakaway speed and cannot match Wells’ size and power in short yardage. Williams appeared to have a chance to unseat Wells as the Cardinals primary threat at running back entering 2011 but the odds of that happening this season appear to be non-existent barring a Wells injury. Of course, Wells hasn’t been a bastion of good health since entering the league in 2009. Williams has some upside but a tore patella tendon is a significant knee injury and he shapes up as a solid handcuff with upside in 2012 and possibly a decent flex option if he can steal a decent number of carries from Wells.
|Randle heads into training camp as starting RB -- Tue Jun 23 7:00 am --|
Cowboys RB ready to have career year
|Joseph Randle led most of the individual drills throughout offseason workouts and regularly worked with the first-team offense. With a month to go before training camp, taking over as the lead back behind the Cowboys’ talented offensive line appears to be Randle’s job to lose. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Randle's competition currently includes Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams which is part of the reason why Randle's ADP currently sits at 4.04 (RB No.20) in twelve-team leagues. Assuming he can keep his head on straight, Randle has a chance to make a big fantasy impact in his third season.
|Cowboys sign RB Lache Seastrunk -- Mon Jun 8 10:35 am --|
Dallas searching for answers at RB position
|The Dallas Cowboys are adding another running back to their 90-man roster as they continue to search for the right mix to replace DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys are signing former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who had a standout high school career at Temple. Seastrunk will compete for a roster spot against Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
The Cowboys are expected to release undrafted rookie running back Synjyn Days out of Georgia Tech.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Despite the team putting on a good face, there's still some uncertainty surrounding the running back position in Dallas. Randle and McFadden are the atop the depth chart but neither inspire confidence or security at the position. Seastrunk in no lock to make the final roster
|D-Mac determined to prove he is not a bust -- Mon Jun 1 5:05 pm --|
RB coach impressed so far with ex-Raider
|Darren McFadden’s seven-year run with the Oakland Raiders was mostly a disappointment. He had one 1,000-yard season, played in a full season just once and did not average better than 3.4 YPC in any of his final three seasons in Oakland.
"He wants to prove that he wasn’t the bust that people are talking about," said RB coach Gary Brown. "We are going to give him the opportunity to prove that. ... I like what I see. I can’t wait to see him in pads."
Joseph Randle and McFadden split the first-team work, such as it is in OTAs. McFadden took the first turns in individual drills, but that might have more to do with experience than pecking order. (ESPN Dallas)|
FF Today's Take: McFadden last played in a zone-running scheme with Oakland in 2012 and averaged only 3.3 YPC, although Brown likely believes Dallas' offensive line will help the 27-year-old back perform better this time around. His long and well-chronicled injury history - usually hamstring-related - is another reason fantasy owners believe Randle will win this competition eventually, but it is unlikely any final decision on the depth chart will be made until early-to-mid August. Ryan Williams could also work himself into the mix with a healthy camp as well.