Remembering back to a post last year by Jonathan Bales, I thought to myself, Joseph Randle isn't going to pan out. The NFL is all about speed and there's no better way to show it than at the running back position. Needless to say, if you're a slower running back (think 4.6, even 4.5), you're a lot less likely to be a successful NFL running back. It seems to be that the only notable anomalies are Frank Gore and Alfred Morris. However, what you have in a Frank Gore or an Alfred Morris is a cannon-ball like back who has a running style based on power more than finesse. Why there aren't more running backs like these two? that I do not know.
Joseph Randle really puzzles me. He seems too slender to be able to bring power and too slow in order to bring finesse. He weighs in around 20 lbs lighter than Murray, yet he runs .22 seconds slower than Murray. I like how well he catches the ball out of the backfield and his affinity for the endzone. His blocking could definitely use some fine tuning but I'm sure extra work with Murray and Brown will get him up to par.
There are a lot of things holding Joseph Randle back from replacing Demarco Murray in 15/16 (if it comes to that of course). I have a bad feeling about how high his ceiling is and if he is ever going to be a quality starting running back. Is it worth keeping a second-string running back with a low ceiling who doesn't play special teams on your roster at all? I'm not predicting he will get cut going into this season but I'm not sure he would last going into the 15/16 season if he shows that he isn't a starter and can't play special teams. I really do like the kid, but there are a lot of things holding Joseph Randle back from replacing Demarco Murray in 15/16.