Randle comfortable working with Cowboys' first-team offense

BY foxsports • October 17, 2013

IRVING, Texas -- One of the compliments Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett often gives young players is he'll say that the NFL stage is not too big for them.

Rookie running back Joseph Randle is one of the players that Garrett said that about on Wednesday.

Randle, a standout at Oklahoma State, didn't get a carry in Dallas' first five games, but because of DeMarco Murray's knee injury, the fifth-round pick was on the field for 24 snaps Sunday, carrying 11 times for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Garrett said Randle's lack of playing time during the first five games "had a lot to do with numbers" and "wasn't any reflection on Joseph not doing things the right way."

"He had a lot to learn from Day 1 and he still has a lot to learn," Garrett said. "He just got his first action last week. But he's handling it the right way and I think he's trying to learn from his experiences. And when he goes out there, he cuts it loose."

Randle, who said it was difficult to be patient and wait for an opportunity, worked with the first team offense on Wednesday and will likely be the team's starter Sunday in Philadelphia.

"I feel pretty comfortable," Randle said. "Playing running back is something I've been doing for a long time. Football is football. Once I got here, I was like, 'Dang, this is still football.' It's really no different. It's still football. I'm comfortable playing football."

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