Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are ready for more, if that’s what the Cowboys want.
“I’m ready to play,” Randle said Tuesday. “They call my number, 21 is going to be ready.”
On Monday, coach Jason Garrett reiterated what owner Jerry Jones said last week: The Cowboys want to reduce DeMarco Murray’s workload by giving the backup running backs more touches.
Murray had 37 touches, including 31 carries, against the Texans on Sunday. He played 67 of 76 plays.
Randle played three snaps, and Lance Dunbar two. Randle and Dunbar combined for two touches for 4 yards – both runs by Randle.
“I can’t be mad about anything,” Dunbar said. “DeMarco has been doing a great job running the ball. The O-line has been doing a great job blocking. Everything’s been going good, and we’ve won, so that’s the main focus – the main goal – so I’ve just got to stay ready.”
Randle has 11 carries for 61 yards this season, while Dunbar has 11 carries for 27 though all 11 attempts came in the Week 2 victory over Tennessee.
“I want to play,” Dunbar said. “Everybody wants to play. You’ve got to be ready when your name is called, so you want miss an opportunity. Take advantage of that time.”
Randle said he feels more comfortable in the offense this season, having played 13 games last season. He had only 54 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.
“One hundred percent, because I feel like I’m not a rookie anymore,” said Randle, a fifth-round pick in 2013. “…If they want to give me the ball, I’m ready for whatever.”