Adam Redmond has been on the Dallas Cowboys' official roster for the last two years as a backup at guard and center. That versatility has helped him find work thus far, but making the team in 2020 will be harder than ever with the increasing number of offensive line prospects.
Dallas added Redmond at final cuts in 2018 after he was waived by the Bills. After going undrafted in 2016, the Harvard grad spent his rookie year on the Colts' practice squad and then split 2017 between Indianapolis and Buffalo's squads.
The Cowboys signed Adam in the aftermath of learning about Travis Frederick's diagnosis of Guillain–Barré syndrome just a few weeks earlier. With Joe Looney moving into the starting lineup, Redmond was brought in to be the backup center and also had position flex as a guard.
Last year, even with Frederick back and Looney still as the primary backup, Redmond again made the team for additional depth. He benefited from Connor McGovern's pectoral injury that kept the rookie off the roster all of 2019.
In 2020, Frederick is now retired and McGovern is healthy and ready to compete. But that doesn't mean Adam Redmond is going to sneak his way onto the 53-man roster again.
The Cowboys also added rookie center Tyler Biadasz in the 4th Round of the most recent draft. Even though we still have had any practices yet in 2020, there is a clear pecking order with Looney, McGovern, and Biadasz as the top three. Redmond is projected odd man out.
Adam's road to making the team got even tougher when Dallas signed veteran Cam Erving in early May. While he's likely here to playing swing tackle, Erving is a former 1st-Round pick who began his career at guard and has also played center in the NFL.
The competition is a lot stiffer than it's ever been for Adam Redmond. And with a new coaching staff coming in, he doesn't even have the modest edge of system familiarity going for him.
Still, versatility and experience are big pluses in player evaluation. Redmond provides depth at multiple positions and has actually played in regular season games.
Unfortunately for him, no matter how good a case he makes for deserving an NFL roster spot in 2020, it's probably going to have to be with another team. Between the youthful upside and veteran experience in Dallas' other options, Adam Redmond looks like the odd man out for this season.