- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Rookie running back Joseph Randle has plenty going on right now.
The Dallas Cowboys' fifth-round pick had surgery on his thumb and will wear a cast for six weeks. Randle is doing limited work during the three-day rookie minicamp at Valley Ranch, but expects to be 100 percent when training camp starts.
"It's going to be out of here," Randle said of the cast. "I should be all the way full go."
When Randle returns he'll play with a little more intensity than normal. Randle made note of several NFL teams that passed him in the draft. In what was considered a week draft class for running backs, nine backs were taken before Randle and the Green Bay Packers selected two, in rounds two and four, prior to Dallas selecting Randle as the 151st overall selection.
"I don't know, you have to ask the other teams that passed up on me, but I'm going to try and remind them," Randle said on the thinking of other NFL teams.
The Cowboys will need a solid running game in 2013 because of what happened last season. When you finish 31st as a rushing offense, it means changes will occur. Running backs coach Skip Peete was relieved of his duties, Felix Jones, a backup, wasn't re-signed and to fix the running game, the Cowboys used a first-round pick on center/guard Travis Frederick.
Of course, grabbing Randle should also help the run game.
"I use my own motivation," Randle said. "I put things on my own mirror at home to let it drive me like that. Grind, keep grinding, a lot of teams passed up on me, but it's all good I'm just going to try and make the best of the situation that I'm in. I can't really be in a better situation maybe the wait was worth it."