Depth along the offensive line is very important in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys have had one of the better offensive lines in all of football over the last few years. That will happen when you have a trio of All-Pros in your starting lineup. Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith are considered one of the best, if not the best at their respected positions. All three players play a major part in the success this offense has.
Depth has not been an issue for Dallas in year’s past!
The Cowboys didn’t think it would be a huge deal seeing a pair of starters leaving the organization this past year. Doug Free called it a career as he decided to retire prior to the start of the 2017 season. Add that to the loss of Ronald Leary to free agency, and suddenly the Cowboys became thin at a very crucial part of their football team.
The Cowboys still had one of the better offensive lines in 2018, but only when all parties were healthy. Suddenly players like La’el Collins were asked to step into the starting unit, thus, leaving the backups thin. It got really thin when the Cowboys saw Smith miss a few games during the season.
Chaz Green was asked to step in at left tackle, but failed living up to the expectations at the position. Disaster struck when he was asked to step in for Smith against the Falcons, which happened to be the first game of Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. If Dallas was to win this game, they would need to see the passing game step their game up. That didn’t happen, as Green and company allowed six sacks that game to Adrian Clayborn alone. All of which coming over the left tackle position.
Depth is key to the Cowboys Championship dreams!
If Dallas is going to get back to the playoffs and contention for a title, they will need to build up that depth again. Dallas needs to find that swing tackle to come in and help as needed at both the right and left side. Ideally, you would like to see that come in the draft. You also need to find a backup guard, maybe one to start at left guard.
With all the needs this team has on both sides of the ball, offensive line might get pushed down the list. That might be a mistake if they decide they are set with the group they have in house. We found out that isn’t the case in 2017. The starters are fine, maybe the best group in the league.
Injuries happen in this game, therefore, depth is crucial. As it sits right now, I don’t trust the backups along the offensive line. If something were to happen to any of their key players there, Dallas would be in big trouble. This is why offensive line depth is near the top of my need list for the Cowboys.
Where would you add that depth first? Should they use the draft or free agency to add that depth?