JONATHAN COOPER, GUARD
One of the biggest concerns going into training camp was how the Dallas Cowboys were going to fill in the voids along their offensive line. Although the Cowboys bolster three perennial Pro Bowlers along their O-line in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and Zack Martin at right guard, Dallas also lost two vital support players this offseason.
Those two starting roles on the offensive line were supposed to be worked out early into training camp. From day one, lineman La’el Collins was penciled in as the likely starter at left guard, the position he previously occupied. Instead, Dallas opted to switch him over the right tackle.
With Collins cemented elsewhere, the focus then became that left guard position. And here we are on the precipice of Dallas’ fourth preseason game with training camp nearing it’s end and we still don’t have a defined winner of this position battle.
Certainly the favorite is former first round bust Jonathan Cooper. And his play Saturday night will be vital in determining if he is the answer to the position or if Dallas chooses to look elsewhere to find themselves a starter. That’s certainly a good reason to watch #64 against the Raiders’ front seven.