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Strengthened OL top reason for Cowboys offseason optimism

Cowboys Wire logo Cowboys Wire 6/18/2019 Sean Martin
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The Dallas Cowboys are on hiatus until training camp begins in Oxnard, California providing time to evaluate their offseason moves. Some were predictable, others came as a surprise given the Cowboys track record in free agency. Before Robert Quinn or even Randall Cobb are seen in pads again though, the month of OTAs and minicamps offered a glimpse at the positional unit fans should be most excited about.

With Travis Frederick back at center, Tyron Smith regaining his health at left tackle, and Connor Williams bulked up for his second season at left guard between these two former All-Pros, the Cowboys offensive line should be back to the wrecking crew of old.

Allowing 56 sacks last season, the second most in the league behind only the Houston Texans, keeping Prescott upright is a priority the Cowboys addressed this offseason without the need for a top-flight free agent.

Their commitment to maintaining what's now Marc Colombo's offensive line was unwavering at the draft, using their last pick in the top 100 to add Penn State guard Connor McGovern.

With all respect to Cam Fleming, Xavier Su'a-Filo, and Joe Looney, their collective status as projected backups after stepping up at starters last season shows off the depth Dallas has on the offensive line.

McGovern himself may be a backup for 2019, but this is a player with a clear scheme fit and future with the team.

Of course, at this point in the offseason where the Cowboys roster is bountiful and roster bubble hope springs eternal, players like Zack Martin and La'el Collins shouldn't go without mention either.

They'll be sure to make an impact in Oxnard as veterans of the Cowboys line, going up against yet another deep unit of pass rushers on Rod Marinelli's defense.

Where others Cowboys positional battles will be a fight for a spot on the team, the offensive line is iron sharpening iron. Sure, fringe practice players like Cody Wichmann, Jake Campos, or Brandon Knight could be pleasant surprises up front, but Dallas is hardly the destination for journeymen linemen right now.

Playing in an offense orchestrated by new coordinator Kellen Moore, the collective strength of the Cowboys line is to play in space. From draft picks Tony Pollard to Randall Cobb's usage and Prescott's precision both in and out of the pocket, Moore has offered glimpses of a more dynamic offense.

With the play makers to be a dangerous offense, it's the Cowboys offensive line which could provide efficiency on offense.

This is a team with a clear plan of attack this year. While it's not clear yet to the fans and media, due to the abundance of coaching changes on this side of the ball, the Cowboys know their strength got stronger this offseason.

It won't be long until the days of discussing flash plays from the Jalen Guyton's and Luke Gifford's of the world is replaced mostly by the familiar sights of Frederick and Co. pancaking defenders - for the betterment of all involved at Cowboys camp.


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