4. Tyron Smith, LT
I think it's safe to say that a lot of people were ready to move on from Tyron Smith earlier this season. I also think it's safe to say that perhaps no player on the Dallas Cowboys has made a bigger turnaround this season, and simultaneously made his presence on the team in 2024 non-negotiable.
Tyron Smith has been the Cowboys' left tackle for a long time now. The 2011 first-round selection out of USC has been one of the best at his position for over a decade, being named to several All-Pro teams as well as eight Pro Bowls.
Despite what he's done in the past, fans in Dallas had undoubtedly gotten a little frustrated over the fact that he missed 13 games last year, six the year before that, and 14 the year before that. When he was out in September for a few weeks, people started wondering whether the Cowboys would have to trade for an offensive tackle, whether they should use their first-round pick on another one, and whether or not Tyron Smith should be a salary cap casualty in 2024.
Well, in the nine games Smith has played this season, arguably no left tackle in the league has been more dominant.
The Cowboys are going to need Smith to be on top of his game in Week 14 against the Eagles and their vaunted pass rush. If he can pitch a shutout, Dallas has a great chance of pulling out a win and taking over first place in the NFC East.