Now Randle, the fifth-round pick from Oklahoma State, gets another shot to prove himself Friday night when the Cowboys face the Oakland Raiders in their second preseason game.
"This is the next step," Randle said. "I'm just trying to establish myself as a hard-working guy and earn the respect of my teammates, all the things new people try to do. You earn respect from your teammates by what they see you doing and they see you working hard in practice, all the things that really matter in order for me to stay on the team. I have to be in order to do my part."
The Cowboys have a solid running back corps led by starter DeMarco Murray and followed by Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner. Randle is fourth on the depth chart in terms of reps he gets in practice, but coach Jason Garrett has said the rookie will get plenty of carries in the preseason.
"We got a lot of good running backs," Randle said. "That's good because we're all pushing each other and it will make us better."
Randle feels he can improve this week by working on the little things in the game. The speed of the game doesn't seem to bother him and he runs with good vision and power.
"I felt like I could have done some things better. It was the first game (and) it was a good day," he said. "I can't take (anything for granted). I have to keep getting better."