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Cowboys News & Notes: Joseph Randle Arrested Again

Latest Cowboys headlines: Former Cowboys running back lands in more trouble; what to look for at the NFL combine; how the Cowboys should approach the defensive end position.

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The Cowboys former running back, Joseph Randle appeared to be in good spirits this weekend as he was tweeting about his potential comeback, but then there was a bit of a setback.

Former Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested in Kansas, accused this time of battery and drug possession - Naheed Rajwani, Dallas Morning News
He's not the Cowboys problem anymore, but it's still disappointing to see this kid continue to have problems.

The 24-year-old’s charges include three counts of aggravated battery, one count of drug possession and one count of criminal damage to property.

Former Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for the fifth time in 17 months - Staff, ESPN
The Cowboys parted ways with Randle last November in what seems like a clear-cut good decision now. It's still shocking that he keeps stacking bad events on top of each other.

Earlier this month, Randle was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Irving, Texas. According to police, Randle had stopped at his ex-girlfriend's home around 3 a.m. local time, but residents of the home turned him away and called police. He was stopped, and the outstanding warrant was discovered.

Ex-Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested in Wichita on battery, drug charges -
More details of the incidents that led to Randle's arrest.

Officers were called around 3 a.m. Sunday to an aggravated battery at a home in the 8600 block of North Scott, near Pawnee and Rock Road. Sgt. Joe Kennedy said the 24-year-old hit three people with his vehicle. When the three went into a home, Randle forced his way in.

Officers arrived and arrested Randle for three counts of aggravated battery, possession of marijuana and criminal damage to property. Sgt. Kennedy said the three victims, ages 26, 27 and 29, suffered minor injuries and were not hospitalized.

From the underwear thief to the underwear Olympics...


Everything you need to know about the NFL combine: Cowboys targets, local players, a schedule and a sample Wonderlic test - Staff, SportsDay
NFL draft junkies, mark your calendars.

Friday, Feb. 26: running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers

Saturday, Feb. 27: quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends

Sunday, Feb. 28: defensive linemen and linebackers

Monday, Feb. 29: defensive backs

2016 NFL Scouting Combine Primer - KD Drummond, Cowboys HQ
With the combine growing closer, KD gives us insight of the types of evaluations the players go through. Here's a look at the various tests and drills that the prospects participate in.

Many times top-tier athletes, especially the upper echelon of quarterbacks, avoid some or all of the drills. It is often seen as a way of protecting themselves against damaging their current projected draft positioning. You can definitely do damage to your reputation with a poor showing in these drills.

--- 40-yard dash

--- Bench press (225lb repetitions)

--- Vertical jump

--- Broad jump

--- 20 yard shuttle

--- 3 cone drill

--- 60-yard shuttle

--- Position-specific drills

--- Interviews — each team is allowed 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals

--- Physical measurements

--- Injury evaluation

--- Drug screen

--- The Cybex test

--- The Wonderlic Test

Six Cowboys draft prospects to watch at this week's NFL combine - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Jon Machota gives us some pros/cons for six of the possible options at the number four pick.

In a league where linebackers are routinely required to defend tight ends and running backs in the passing game, Jack is the ideal fit. He's such an exceptional athlete that he was able to play running back and linebacker at UCLA. With the Cowboys, Jack would be a three-down middle linebacker, teaming with Sean Lee to potentially form one of the best playmaking duos in the league.

The Cowboys should be on the look out for a new linebacker, but will it come through the draft or free agency?


Should the Dallas Cowboys sign LB James Laurinaitis? Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat
With the recent suspension of Randy Gregory, it's another reminder that the Cowboys are flirting with disaster when it comes to the players facing a season-long suspension should they fail their next test. Rolando McClain is one of those players. Should the Cowboys be looking for someone a little less risky?

Speaking of possible better options, Laurinaitis is a seven-year veteran who is far more consistent and durable than McClain. So durable, in fact, the 29-year old has yet to miss a single game as a professional. And Laurinaitis has recorded at least 100 tackles or more every season he’s been in the NFL.

As the Rams recently cleaned house with some cap casualty cuts, another name surfaces.

Dallas Cowboys: Chris Long in free agency? Stephen Forsha, Fansided
Anytime a player becomes a salary cap casualty, he immediately gets thrown into the conversation as to whether or not he would fit in Dallas. Nothing about this new free agent makes any sense though.

The past two seasons for Long haven’t been what anyone would call productive … in fact, they aren’t great at all. From the 2014 and ’15 seasons, Long has totaled just four sacks and 24 total tackles in 16 combined games, including playing in 12 this past season.

Bolstering the defensive line is going to be must for the Cowboys, but how will they go about it. Our own writers weigh in on a couple different angles.


Point: Dallas Cowboys Must Be Big Players For Pass Rush Sweepstakes - Michael Sisemore, BTB
Last year, Stephen Jones said the Cowboys were going to make a strong push to upgrade the pass rush. The result - Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory. Now, a year later - there is a chance that the Cowboys will be without both these players when the season begins. So essentially, Dallas could be back where they started. Michael Sisemore takes on the importance of making a big push to upgrade the position in free agency.

The Cowboys are in more than just a pickle because except maybe for Crawford, they're not sure if they really want any of those guys back. So once again they are sitting with a pass rushing unit that you can't even get to the game on Sunday. A lot of folks are going to write columns telling you that this latest suspension is going to elevate the Cowboys' interests in Joey Bosa or Noah Spence. I'm going to tell you that they have continued interest in building through the draft, but getting a great start in free agency is going to be the way to go.

Counterpoint: Dallas Must Not Panic About Pass Rush In Free Agency - Jim Scott, BTB
But then Jim shows up and just tells him to R-E-L-A-X.

The Cowboys cannot panic here. The famously successful 2014 offensive line did not arrive overnight. It took three first round picks over four years. When age, money, and injury removed what was essentially the entire 2013 starting lineup, that journey started for the Dallas defensive line. They have used lesser picks ( a third and two seconds) and gotten lesser results from Crawford, Lawrence, and Gregory than they did from Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. But Crawford has been badly position-swapped and all three defensive players have been significantly impacted by injury. And all of them show tremendous future potential.


My odds that Cowboys take a QB with No. 4 pick; free agency could fill these needs for Dallas - Jon Machota, SportsDay
What do you think the odds are that the Cowboys use the #4 pick to take a quarterback?

Question: What are the chances the Cowboys draft a QB with the first-round pick?

Jon Machota: I'd say around 15-20 percent. It's not completely out of the question but it's unlikely. If I was a betting man, I'd say they'll focus on improving a defense that has been needing some upgrades for a while. Without knowing what they'll do in free agency, the Cowboys could use help on all three levels of their defense. There has to be a player at 4 that helps one of those areas immediately.

Herschel Walker: Jerry Jones is one of the best, if not the best, owners in the NFL - Staff, SportsDay
Herschel Walker may have not had as big of an NFL career that he could have, but he we forever be connected to one of the most lopsided trades in sports history. And what does he have to say about the owner who traded him away?

On the Cowboys and what it will take to get them back on track

Herschel Walker: I've told everyone this. I don't care what people say. Jerry Jones is one of the best owners in the NFL, if not the best owner in the NFL. And he don't like to lose. And he will get that team back together. But Jerry Jones as an owner, there's no one better in the NFL. I'm looking for the Cowboys to get back on track and I know if anyone can do it, Jerry can do it.

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys' Cole Beasley has a shiny new ride - Staff, SportsDay
The Cowboys receiver is a proud owner of some nice new wheels.

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