With the injury to Montrae Holland and the inexperience of David Arkin, right guard has become a concern for the Cowboys. Holland wasn’t that attractive of an option to begin with, but now that he’s hurt, he becomes even more of worry. David Arkin is a promising young player with young being the operative word. Bryan Broaddus recently said that he thought Arkin would beat out Holland for the starting guard spot, so he’s definitely talented, but it’s doubtful that he’s ready to come in and make a difference. While the uncertainty at guard has many calling for a free agent acquisition, Jerry has specifically said that the Cowboys aren’t in the market for a guard. That’s an enormous mistake, but unless something changes — which is definitely possible — the ‘Boys will have to get creative to make the position work.
Obviously, Arkin’s inexperience is a problem at any spot on the line, but what really makes it an issue at right guard is the fact that fellow rookie Tyron Smith would be right next to him. In order to avoid a total right side void in experience while Holland is out, the Cowboys were trying Kosier at right guard and Arkin at left. If they are forced to start Arkin, this lineup is absolutely necessary. Either way, the group is going to be very green, but at least with Kosier at guard, they can spread it out some.
Realistically, the Cowboys really need to make a move at this position. Whether it’s now or if it’s after some more cuts have been made, something needs to be done before the start of the season. They are taking an enormous, not to mention unnecessary, risk by going into the season with Holland or Arkin as their starter. The offense could be one of the league’s best if they can block anyone. But, for whatever reason, they seem to be ignoring an obvious and glaring weakness.