The Dallas Cowboys have four running backs in training camp that are fighting for a roster spot, but they are expected to carry just three of them.
At running back, the Dallas Cowboys are set with their starter in DeMarco Murray. Murray enjoyed the best season of his career by rushing for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.
The former Oklahoma running back also demonstrated his receiving abilities by catching 53 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown.
However, durability is a concern with Murray since he has been unable to play all 16 games in a season throughout his career.
Lance Dunbar will act as the primary backup to Murray, and he figures to receive at least a start or two unless Murray improves at staying healthy.
The No. 3 running back job is up for grabs, and it will be decided between Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams, who is finally healthy after battling injuries throughout his time in Arizona.
Randle greatly disappointed in his rookie season after being considered a breakout candidate, but he will look to make the jump in his second year.
Williams used to be viewed as the Cardinals’ running back of the future, but two season-ending injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential.
The former Virginia Tech running back will look to make a fresh start in Dallas and beat out Randle for what is likely the last roster spot for running backs.
At fullback, undrafted free agent J.C. Copeland is expected to start right away as a rookie.
The Cowboys will look to maintain their prolific offense by keeping Murray healthy, and they have decent depth with Dunbar returning. If Randle can improve or Williams can stay healthy and perform adequately, running back will become a strength in Dallas.