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After 2 Years With Cowboys, G/C Adam Redmond Facing Number Crunch

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.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Actually, I have a lot more confidence in Adam Redmond than I do Cameron Erving. Everyone says that Erving can play all of the positions on the line and that is his biggest asset. My question is this: Is a guy who can play multiple positions badly a better choice than a guy that plays one position adequately? ErvIng’s blocking scores each year are abysmal! In the past 5 years, his scores are 44.8, 45.2, 47.1, 46.6, and 41.3. He hit his high point in 2017 and has gotten worse each year since then. Why would any team want him? Compared to the other linemen on the team, Erving is the worst of all of them. Looking at just the past 5 years, here is the average grade for each lineman on the current Cowboys team, including Erving:
    Zack Martin 86.5
    Tyron Smith 82.9
    La’el Collins 68.1
    Cody Wichmann 66.0
    Cam Fleming 64.0
    Brandon Knight 61.0
    Connor Williams 60.4
    Joe Looney 59.8
    Adam Redmond 52.9
    Cameron Erving 45.0
    Ugh! If I had to pick Erving or Redmond, I think Redmond would get my vote! Also, take into consideration that besides the guys mentioned above, the Cowboys also have young talent waiting for their turn at the apple: Tyler Biadasz, Mitch Hyatt, Marcus Henry, Wyatt Miller and Terence Steele. So given the Cowboys will keep at least 9 or 10 on the roster, plus another one or two on the practice Squad, we could see 10 to 12 offensive linemen employed by the Cowboys in 2020. Unless Erving suddenly becomes a good player, I can’t see him getting a spot on the roster over Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Connor Williams, Connor McGovern, Brandon Knight, Joe Looney, Tyler Biadasz, Adam Redmond, or Mitch Hyatt.

  2. I agree with you, David. Also, Redmond was a long snapper in college. Could he possibly replace L.P. when he retires?

  3. Very good call-out Paul. As it relates to how the OL depth will pan out, its nearly impossible to predict. Because of all the varied versatility they’ve put together, it could go so many ways. I think the Erving signing was not a precursor to just giving him a roster spot, but simply an affordable safety net. If he improves, keep him … if not, let him go. Many of the same things were said of Jonathan Cooper and yet he was quite serviceable here. Let’s let this one play out …

    • Note that this staff hasn’t had the luxury of seeing these younger kids yet, so opting for somebody like Erving with some modicum of pedigree is a harmless, safe, and prudent move … at least until they get to lay eyes on this unit in a practice environment.

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