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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Will Joseph Randle Be Cowboys' Top Back?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Is Joseph Randle the best scheme fit at RB? Will Cowboys' calculated gambles pay off? Which UDFAs have a chance at a roster spot?

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Jospeh Randle will be the Cowboys' top back - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
In response to a Twitter question, Archer predicts Joseph Randle will handle the "bulk" of the carries in the Cowboys' 2015 backfield.

I wouldn't write anything down yet with the running back spot. It's too fluid. I made a bold prediction - well, I thought it was bold - that Joseph Randle will run for 1,200 yards in 2015. So that should tell you who I think gets the "bulk" of the carries this season.

The Cowboys will go with a committee approach at running back. I don't think you will see a guy come close to 300 carries. It could work out better for McFadden to be a committee guy. He's not been able to stay healthy for most of his career. To me Randle is a better fit for the scheme and showed in small doses he has a feel for the Cowboys' scheme. There is a lot more to playing the position than just running the ball, but to me Randle should be the guy.

Scout's Eye: Two UDFAs Made An Impression On Saturday | Dallas Cowboys
The third and final day of practices at the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp were closed to the media, so Broaddus recaps from his notes from Saturday. He likes what he sees from most of the draft picks, which he describes in detail, but it's two undrafted free agents that caught his eye:

CB Jason Wilson, Central Michigan: Wilson has lined up outside and in the slot as well, which shows me that these coaches have a vision for where he might fit in this scheme. At 6-0, 185, he looks much bigger on the field and he plays bigger as well. He is physical in the press and when he gets his hands on the receiver, he keeps them along the line. Like Byron Jones in coverage, he fights every step of the way and technique-wise is much further along than others in the camp.

DT Isiah Dunning, Grand Valley State: Dunning has lined up as a defensive tackle and I have noticed him far more in these practices than others that, coming into the camp that I thought were better players. Dunning has just been flat hard to block for the offensive line. He physically is impressive with his size along with being very quick. He has a knack for avoiding blocks, then going to the ball -- no matter if it’s run or pass. Dunning has done an outstanding job of putting himself in position to make plays and the way he has practiced surely has caught the attention of the scouts and coaches.

Sabin: New mind-set follows rapid transformation of Cowboys defensive line | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin puts some numbers to the pace of the defensive line transformation:

Thirteen of the Cowboys’ 15 defensive linemen came to Dallas after March 2014 via free agency, the draft and even a trade. Gradually, the Cowboys have stockpiled “rushmen,” the term defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli uses to describe the four players positioned closest to the line of scrimmage in his scheme. The wave of personnel acquisitions has been a major organizational initiative pursued with the same kind of zeal seen when the Cowboys were rebuilding their offensive line.

“We feel like you have to obviously allocate some resources to that,” Garrett said. “The game is won up front. It always has been and always will be.”

Cowboys' taking calculated gambles - Yahoo Sports
Charles Robinson recounts a phone conversation with an AFC personnel man which "took a detour into jealous indignation."

"It figured [La'el Collins] would end up there," the personnel man said with a tinge of annoyance over the signing. "[Jerry Jones] is in his gear now. When your owner is the general manager, it's just a little easier. He can just make that decision and it's done. He wants him, whatever he decides the process is, boom – done.

"[Jerry will] walk closer to that line and take chances if he thinks it's coming together. But signing La'el might actually be safer than a couple of their other moves lately."

All of that said, he made an interesting point – the part about some of these moves being the Jerry Jones gear. If anything, the Collins signing and drafting of Gregory is the exclamation mark on an irrefutable truth: These Cowboys are taking calculated gambles all over the place, shaping a roster that is as full of possibility as potential mayhem. It's something the NFL world has seen since Jones signed defensive end Greg Hardy – the richer the talent base gets, the more hip-shootin' Jones seems to get.

National reaction to Cowboys signing La'el Collins: Eagles should be worried | Dallas Morning News
The DMN has a roundup of reactions to the Collins signing, including this one from CSN Philadelphia's Andrew Kulp:

Yes, this is a Philly sports blog, but all apologies aside, the competition looks very, very good. Dallas put the cherry on top of its offseason on Thursday with the signing undrafted LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins, who’s garnered a ton of attention since the draft concluded. Offensive line was already the Cowboys’ greatest strength, yet they added a surefire first-round talent for pennies on the dollar after Collins was cleared of having any involvement in an ongoing double-murder investigation.

Cowboys see Garrett as right teacher for chemistry test - Yahoo Sports
Stephen Jones says that Jason Garrett's presence has ''a lot'' to do with bringing in players such that have to deal with various off-the-field issues.

''Has a great way with players. At the same time, he's also very smart,'' Jones said. ''I think he allows you to go there a little bit. You can only do so much of that. I'm a big believer in that, when you end up spending too much time putting out fires rather than getting better.''

Cowboys won't offer "Air Canada" a contract - TSN
QB Brandon Bridge was brought in for a tryout during rookie minicamp, but that's as far as the Cowboys' interest went.

Which NFL teams got your federal tax dollars for military advertising? | NJ.com
The U.S. Defense Department paid $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 to 14 pro football teams to pay for military advertising campaigns that most fans probably thought were heartfelt tributes. The Cowboys got $62,500 in 2012, the Falcons got the largest amount of all teams with $1,049,500 over the period..

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