With NFL free agency having begun March 18 and many moves already underway, this series will take a position by position look at the Dallas Cowboys roster as it stands now. Today, we will wrap up the offense by looking at the trenches with the offensive line.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Though Smith did not have the greatest season of his illustrious career, it was primarily injuries that have slowed him down. When healthy, he has consistently been one of the best all-around tackles in the game and plays an enormous role in the success of the offense. Smith’s health will be critical for the Cowboys, as the offense has struggled in the past without him.
La’El Collins had shown flashes of potential through his first few years in the league, and finally, put it all together in 2019. Along with Tyron Smith, Collins gives Dallas one of the best tackle tandems in football.
Cameron Fleming isn’t as well known as some of the other linemen in Dallas but has played a vital role as the team’s “swing” tackle. He can play either side of the line, and his veteran presence is welcomed given Smith’s health concerns.
Knight signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and showed signs of potential in the limited action he played. He has a lot of room to grow and could prove himself to be a valuable backup.
Position: Offensive Guard
Zack Martin has been not only the Cowboys best lineman but one of the best linemen in the NFL since being drafted in 2014. He has been an All-Pro and Pro Bowler all six years he has been in the league. Martin has also been outstanding at both clearing rushing lanes for Ezekiel Elliott and pass protection for Dak Prescott.
Connor Williams has struggled through his first two years in the league, though a knee injury was primarily to blame in 2019. However, Williams will be given every opportunity to prove himself. He will compete for the guard spot opposite Zack Martin in training camp.
Looney did not play much in 2019, but like Fleming provides an experienced presence as a backup.
Su’a-Filo had an inconsistent 2019, but will also be competing for a starting guard spot in training camp. He started four games in 2019.
Frederick returned in 2019 after missing the entire 2018 season dealing with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Though his season began slowly, the veteran center gained momentum as the season went along, and made his fifth career Pro Bowl.
The next piece in this series will examine the Cowboys’ defensive line. Stay safe everyone!
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