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Cowboys admonish Randle for comments about DeMarco Murray

Joseph Randle is working for a starting job now that DeMarco Murray is gone.
Joseph Randle is working for a starting job now that DeMarco Murray is gone. Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle made national headlines last week when he said 2014 NFL-leading rusher DeMarco Murray left some "meat on the bone" during his 1,845-yard season, which also set a new team record.

Murray signed with Philadelphia in free agency. Randle is one of four running backs hoping to replace him as the starter.

Randle’s comments drew the ire of coach Jason Garrett.

“We addressed that with Joe, really immediately," Garrett said. "Sometimes comments like that get taken out of context or are not really intended the way they come out.

“I think Joe has great respect for DeMarco, as we all do. Joe did a good job with his opportunities, but Joe and everybody else on our football team, we have to focus on what we do and not on what we say. I think he understands that.”

Randle denied that the issue was addressed by Garrett when talking to the media, but only because he didn't know he would talk about it in a private meeting, a source said.

A humbled Randle certainly toed the proper line Wednesday.

▪  On being told to play more and talk less, he said. "We are just trying to go out there and grind every day, so I can learn some more playing time."

▪  On being a confident guy: "What are you trying to trick me into saying something else? I know somebody over here is going to say something."

▪  On confidence being a good thing: "No. Not always, I guess."

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760

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