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Center of Controversy: Tyler Biadasz Needs to Solidify Himself in 3rd Season

Tyler Biadasz just finished his first full year as the ’ starting center. While not the biggest issue on the , Biadasz has generally been more of a liability than a strength and presents another area of concern for Dallas this .

Oh, how we miss the days of All-Pro or even . The Cowboys haven’t had to worry too much about the center position during the modern era; occasional obstacles to overcome but often having a stable presence in the middle of the offensive line.

Unfortunately, the two years removed from Frederick’s untimely , Dallas has yet to find a permanent replacement. The jury is still out on Biadasz’ long-term worthiness for the role, but he’s at least done enough so far to merit further consideration.

One of the NFL’s worst-graded centers in 2020, Tyler improved to 18th among his peers last year according to Pro Football Focus. Even more cause for optimism; Biadasz made up for early-season struggles with strong play over the second half of the season to raise his overall grade.

Big Game James on Twitter: “Center Tyler Biadasz 1st eight weeks14 pressures 11 hurries3 hits no sacksTyler Biadasz next seven weeks3 pressures 2 hurries 1 hitNo sacks / Twitter”

Center Tyler Biadasz 1st eight weeks14 pressures 11 hurries3 hits no sacksTyler Biadasz next seven weeks3 pressures 2 hurries 1 hitNo

Even these improvements aren’t enough to anoint Biadasz for the future. Dallas could still get better at center and even without spending massive amounts in or a high draft pick to do it.

In fact, many are linking the Cowboys to Iowa’s as a potential 1st-Round pick in 2022. What better way to truly replace Travis Frederick and reinvest in a dominant offensive line than bringing in the top center prospect in the class?

But with so many other major problem areas on the , and one of them right next door to Biadasz at , Dallas has to be very judicious in its use of resources this offseason. Upgrading from Biadasz at a center is a luxury they may not be able to afford and trusting in his third-year development is likely their smartest play.

If Biadasz takes another step forward in 2022 then you have your center position adequately filled for just around a $1 million cap hit the next two seasons. That’s a huge win as the Cowboys look to replace at LG, figure out their big messes at WR and TE, and fill gaps on with numerous key looming.

Expectations have been unreasonably high for Tyler since entering the NFL. Another Wisoconsin product like his predecessor and coming in on the heels of Frederick’s shocking early retirement, this 4th-Round was starting by Week 5 and clearly outmatched at the time.

Even last year with some improvement, Biadasz was still the most-penalized center in the NFL and struggled against premiere DT talent. As much as people want him to be the next Travis Frederick, nothing about him going into the 2020 Draft said he was an elite prospect.

Still, that doesn’t mean Tyler Biadasz can’t be a serviceable starting center. With personal improvement in 2022 and a stronger player next to him at left , Biadasz could very well prove his adequacy and dependability for the future.

With only so much cap space and draft collateral to go around this offseason, the will likely hope in Tyler to take that next step.

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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3 Comments

  1. These guys know what they need to do to improve. I can’t believe they wouldn’t use the off-season to do whatever it takes to get to where they need to be strength-wise. The best players always use the off-season to their advantage.

  2. His first game against TB the nose guard kept driving him back into Dak’s lap on about every other play! He looked like he improved as the season went along but nothing to get excited about. In the off-season I would say he needs add about 25 lbs of muscle in his lower extremities

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