Three players that the Dallas Cowboys need to step up in 2020

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Connor Williams, Dallas Cowboys
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Connor Williams, OL

The Dallas Cowboys chose Williams in the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Williams was named the starter at the left guard spot where he had some bright spots before getting benched due to lackluster play towards the last part of the season.

Last season, Williams started eleven games, fairing slightly better than his 2018 campaign. Unfortunately, a torn ACL in Week 13 ended his sophomore season.

This year, Williams will be in a three-way battle for one of two positions. The Dallas Cowboys are obviously hoping that Williams will retain his spot at left guard, although they may give him a look at the center position with the retirement of Travis Frederick.

Williams will battle with another Connor, last year’s third-round pick Connor McGovern and long-time veteran Joe Looney. Not only does Williams need to win this camp battle, but he also needs to easily become the fourth solid player along the offensive line.

With Martin and Smith perennial Pro Bowl selections and La’el Collins emerging as one of the better right tackles in the game, Williams cannot afford to be just another guy. Losing a starting spot to a journeyman or someone who has yet to play a down in the league would obviously be a huge setback.

Stepping up, however, and becoming that “fourth Beatle” would go a long way towards helping this offense reach the heights that are expected.