IRVING, Texas -- Joseph Randle's wait is almost over.
As the running back recovered from thumb surgery in the spring, he saw Travis Frederick take the center job from the first day. In training camp he saw wide receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Gavin Escobar earn spots on the offense. During the season he saw J.J. Wilcox get promoted to a starting safety spot.
With running back DeMarco Murray likely out this week against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Randle gets the chance to join his fellow Dallas Cowboys draft picks at the table.
“This is my chance to earn my check,” Randle said.
It is difficult to argue with the success of the Cowboys’ draft class. Frederick has played to the level the Cowboys expected, but better than what critics of the selection believed. Williams is averaging a team-best 17.2 yards per catch and has touchdowns in back-to-back games. Escobar has a touchdown to his credit. Wilcox has averaged nearly six tackles a game since joining the starting lineup. DeVonte Holloman has four tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.
“I was at the point where I was feeling like, ‘Man, I just want to do anything I can to help the team, whether it’s practicing as hard as I can on the scout team to give the defense a look, or what,'” Randle said. “I was trying to find my role on the team.”