Dallas Cowboys: Is left guard still a concern?

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 23: Center Shane McDermott
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 23: Center Shane McDermott /

The Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line will be tested against the New York Giants in their season opener. Should we be concerned about the left guard situation?

It remains to be seen how the Dallas Cowboys‘ new-look offensive line will hold up this upcoming season. Realistically, La’el Collins shouldn’t be much of a downgrade over last year’s weak link at right tackle, Doug Free. However, it’s their left guard situation that is somewhat troubling.

The Cowboys have yet to announce the player who will man the left guard spot for the 2017 season. Jonathan Cooper has gotten the majority of the reps at left guard with Chaz Green ailing but has yet to claim the spot outright.

Chaz Green said he’s been preparing as if he’s the starter, but it’s unclear whether or not he’s healthy enough to get the nod.

"“That’s what I’m understanding right now,” Green told DallasCowboys.com. “I’ve gotten good work in. I’ve practiced all week and I’ve gotten some good looks. I got to see some of the plays that we’re doing out there – with the different looks and fronts. I feel good and ready to go this week.”"

It appears as if Green is going to get the nod, but his injury is troubling. He suffered an ankle injury last week, a shoulder injury in training camp, and was injured for the majority of his first two seasons.

And at this point in his career, Cooper seems to be what he is– an NFL draft bust. After flaming out with the Cardinals, Patriots, and Browns, he’s still yet to solidify a starting job that was seemingly his to lose.

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Whoever gets the nod at left guard at least gets the luxury of playing in between two of the NFL’s best at their respective positions– left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick. However, it still remains somewhat of a troubling situation for a team who’s entire playstyle remains on a stout offensive line.