So why do I believe 2013 might have better rushing touchdowns results? I have two reasons actually. One is Travis Frederick and the other is Joseph Randle. In 2012 Dallas used 3 different players at Center. They were Phil Costa, Ryan Cook, Mackenzy Bernadeau, and David Arkin, a Guard, nearly was called upon at one point to be a 4th. On top of this we kept a 5th player, Kevin Kowalski as added insurance. Travis Frederick should end that turnstile at Center. He comes from a program in Wisconsin that run blocks among the best in the entire NCAA, if not the best. He’s powerful, smart, and mean. Holes are going to be opened. I am anxious to see how he will handle the man we passed on, Sharrif Floyd, when the Vikings come to town on November 3rd. I am going to be glued to that one.
Okay, so what am I basing this on with a backup Running Back? Simply this, Joseph Randle produced at a pass happy college program. If DeMarco Murray has another injury he may get Wally Pipped. I am not rooting for this, but I am predicting it, if Murray loses time to injury he will lose his starting job too. Now someone will point out that Randle is currently injured too. Yes, he is. What is the status of the calendar on your wall right now? Mine says May 25th. He won’t be injured when the calendar counts.
If the Cowboys can make teams respect the run, and both of these Running Backs are capable of that, then Tony Romo and Company should be able to shred most Defenses with these weapons assembled. Last year, Dez Bryant was the most dominant WR in the NFL over the last 8 games. He was virtually unstoppable and folks, he was also hurt. He played through an injury and still dominated. He was a pinky fingertip from near immortality in 2012. If you think our 2013 opponents aren’t scared you’re a fool.
Joining Murray in the better stay healthy department is Miles Austin. When he is on, Miles is a threat every time the ball is in his hands. He loves to break that first tackle attempt and then pull away. If he once again surrenders to his hamstrings, he too could lose his starting spot. There is little doubt the Cowboys drafted Terrance Williams with the idea of starting him opposite Dez eventually. The rookie will have to earn it of course. I think he can. I was quite excited when we landed him. My favorite pick in this Draft. He elevated his game at Baylor last year. He will need to do it again, and he has the tools. Not far behind him is Dwayne Harris, and the surprising Cole Beasley. Romo has developed some rapport with each. Look for that to be used in 2013.