Cowboys News App [Android]

Brandon Knight Proved He Should Be Cowboys Swing Tackle In Week 2 Win

There was a collective gulp among when their week 2 starting lineup was announced.

No , no La'el Collins. No chance. Right?

Well, while and are not All Pros, both played reasonably well during the Cowboys week two victory. Brandon Knight, however, stole the show both on tape and .

ESPN's Pass Block Win Rate was developed to analytically evaluate play. Some of the expected regulars are among the league's best through two weeks – Lane Johnson, Tyron Smith, and Ronnie Stanley for example. But Brandon Knight is now top 10 in PBWR this season at 96%.

When I read that stat my jaw dropped. Knight, the former undrafted out of Indiana, was apparently penciled in behind both Steele and before the season. But after just one game there's no question he needs to be the first off the bench once this offensive line gets healthy.

Knight's performance on tape matches this stat. While he struggles to move people in the run game and doesn't have the “ideal” length and strength for an , his technique as a pass blocker is textbook. Knight did a really good job on Jr., and kept upright when the team was in obvious passing situations all second half.

With a little more development, conditioning, and strength Brandon Knight could easily develop into a starting tackle in this league.

For now, though, he is the perfect insurance policy behind the often injured Tyron Smith. The Cowboys go into every season knowing Smith is going to miss a handful of games, and finding a player like Knight as an is a home run.

When either Smith or Collins get back first, Knight should be the one starting on the opposite side.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

COntinue Reading


Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

> Join our team...

-- COWBOYS ANDROID APP --Free Dallas Cowboys News App for Android