3 Cowboys who could lose their job to rookies in 2024

These Cowboys veterans better watch their back.
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The 2024 offseason has been a weird one for the Dallas Cowboys. It is one that saw key players walk away in free agency and nothing was done until the draft to supplement them. That means the team will look to rookies from their 2024 draft class to take a step up.

Unfortunately for those that have been around fighting for a bigger role, their opportunities may be limited with young players craving to get experience at the professional level. Let's look at three veterans who can see their snaps drop in favor of rookies.

3. OL Chuma Edoga

This is the most obvious of the three. The versatile Chuma Edoga was not expected to play a starting role in 2024, but up until the draft, he was likely to play left guard. That would not be ideal considering he does not play well enough to be a reliable starter and All-Pro Tyler Smith would be pushed out to left tackle.

With their first pick in the draft, the Cowboys solved the mystery by taking Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton. He's considered a development pick, but thus far is in line to have a pleasantly surprising rookie season just as Tyler Smith did.

Last season, Edoga filled in for whomever suffered an injury. That was Tyron Smith to start the season. Eudoga played decent at left tackle for the first four games of the season, but getting Tyron back and having the younger Smith dominate inside was far better.

With Tyron moving to New York to play for the Jets, and neither Guyton nor Smith having injury concerns, the snaps should dry up for Edoga. That's not to say he does not have a role on the team, however. He is a quality backup to have that can play tackle or guard, though he's far better at the former.

If (knocks on wood) something were to happen to Guyton or Smith, then Edoga would have a crack at playing; however, it's doubtful he will get snaps over a healthy or struggling Guyton. The first-round value and upside are too significant to have the rookie sit on the sidelines.