With the news Dallas Cowboys’ guard La’el Collins is working at right tackle, its time to reassess who is competing for the starting job.
This offseason, the Dallas Cowboys lost a key component of their team for the last decade…and I’m not referring to former starting quarterback Tony Romo. I’m actually talking about the recently retired, right tackle Doug Free, who’s departure has turned into a question mark for the Cowboys this offseason.
When the Cowboys lost Free, they lost the veteran leader of their talented offensive line. But more than that, they lost a steady player who the team could rely on in the run game. It is imperative that Dallas finds a consistent starter to replace Free’s production.
There is without question going to be a battle for the starting job come training camp. Among the competitors will be young offensive lineman La’el Collins and Chaz Green, two members of the Cowboys 2015 rookie class. And veteran Byron Bell, an unsung free agent acquisition from the Tennessee Titans.
The outcome will shape the Great Wall of Dallas for years to come. Let’s breakdown these three candidates for the Cowboys starting right tackle job.
The Cowboys signed Bell to a one-year deal this offseason, to add depth to the position. He is a six-year veteran who missed all of last season due to a dislocated ankle.
Best case scenario, Bell doesn’t play a down this season. That’s because either Collins or Green wins the job and stays healthy.
However, if the coaches decide to keep Collins at left guard and Green struggles or gets injured (again), Bell would provide an average option for Dallas in the short term.