La’el Collins, Right Tackle
Admittedly, Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle La’el Collins has drawn two of the best pass rushers in the NFL to play against in his debut at the position. And following the debacle of a performance the Cowboys put on against the Bronco’s defensive front seven on Sunday, the entire offensive line in Dallas could be placed on this list.
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But we’re going to single out Collins here. Specifically how he played towards the end of the game in the Mile High city. The third-year pro was nothing more than an inconvenient turnstile for Bronco’s defensive monster Von Miller by the end of the 42-17 slaughter in Denver.
The 24-year old continues to struggle as he makes the difficult transition from left guard to right tackle. It’s clear that Collins has the physical tools to dominate the position. He simply doesn’t have the experience needed to find consistent success. Until he does, quarterback Dak Prescott is going to have to extend plays with his legs as opposing defenses continue to take advantage of Collins on the right side.
This by no means is an indictment of La’el Collins as a player or his future at the position. We all went into 2017 knowing there would be a few bumps on the road due to his position switch. It simply may be a bit bumpier than we first thought.