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Joseph Randle vows to work hard, do his job and keep his head down

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, left, takes a handoff from quarterback Tony Romo (9) during training camp Thursday.
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, left, takes a handoff from quarterback Tony Romo (9) during training camp Thursday. AP

Joseph Randle wasn’t about to play along. When asked how many yards he planned to rush for this season, the running back chuckled and politely took his leave.

“Come on, man. I’m out of here,” Randle said.

It’s obvious Randle takes coaching well. In May, Randle made headlines by declaring that the league’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, had “a lot of meat left on the bone” last season.

In his first interview session with the media at training camp, Randle couldn’t have been more bland.

Q: Is it your job to lose?

A: You know I’m going to approach every day and work the hardest that I can. I can’t worry about the outcome. I just go out and focus on each day and the grind. I’m trying to get better at every little thing to take my game to the next level.

Q: Is it going to be good competition at the position all camp?

A: I think we’re gong out there and work hard each day. We’ll let the coaches do their job, and I’m going to do my job as a player. I need to make sure I have no mental errors. I don’t miss any blocks. I don’t miss any cuts. Play as perfect as I can.

Q: What are your expectations?

A: Give it 100 percent of what I’ve got each day. Camp is a grind. We all know that. I’m trying to get better each day.

And so it went….

Owner Jerry Jones declared Wednesday that Randle has the potential to be a No. 1 back. Randle said he didn’t see Jones’ comments, but he believes the same.

“Since Day 1,” he added.

Randle, 23, received limited opportunities in his first two seasons, but took advantage with 105 rushes for 507 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry last season.

“Joseph Randle, in a backup role, did a good job for us last year,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He took advantage of his opportunities.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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