After impressing with 343 yards on 51 carries (6.7 yards per carry) as DeMarco Murray's backup last season, Randle has split first-team reps with McFadden to open OTAs this week.
"(Murray) had a good year last year, and I got to sit back and watch a lot," Randle said Wednesday, via The Dallas Morning News, "and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone."
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan left no doubt that the competition is wide open -- and might remain so throughout the season.
"I don't think there's any reason (Randle) can't have a real productive year for us," Linehan said. "It's really too hard to say what the production's going to be and who's going to get it. We'll let that play itself out as the year goes on, but certainly he's going to have more opportunities to have a more significant role for us and I can't wait to see him do it."
Here's what else we learned from Wednesday's OTAs:
- Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is taking a hard-line stance on Adrian Peterson, sending the message that the disgruntled running back's options are limited to playing in Minnesota or retiring. It's no coincidence that Zimmer dropped the hammer just days after Peterson's camp leaked multiple reports suggesting he still wants a trade and might be willing to sit out training camp in an attempt at leverage.
- Broncos coach Gary Kubiak revealed that Peyton Manning will take snaps almost exclusively from under center as opposed to the shotgun over the next three days, per NFL Network's Omar Ruiz. Kubiak explained that Manning has already mastered the shotgun, having used it on 70 percent of snaps last season. That number figures to decrease in Kubiak's run-heavy, zone-blocking scheme.
- Jets coach Todd Bowles is walking back recent comments from offensive coordinator Chan Gailey suggesting Geno Smith is locked in as New York's Week 1 starter. Although Bowles maintained that it's Smith's job "to lose" and Ryan Fitzpatrick's "to take," he emphasized that there will indeed be competition for the position in training camp.
"We always talking about having a short memory as quarterbacks. Mine has had to be one of the shortest in history."