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Connor McGovern Getting Left Guard Reps; Starter Change Coming?

It appears the are considering a change at left . After a -filled start to 2021 for , backup is reportedly getting a serious look in practice this week as the potential new starter.

Earlier this week, after Williams drew three flags during Dallas' big win over the last Sunday, made a clear statement that a possible change was coming.

What wasn't clear on Monday was who might replace Williams. The Cowboys have a couple of options and especially with the potential that OT is returning from an ankle this Sunday.

Smith's return would free up , who's played the last two games at left , to go back to the right side where he's better suited. That would allow to take over at , which he played for the first few years in Dallas before converting to .

Given how well Steele played at RT this year during Collins' five-game , the idea's been out there that moving La'el to guard would be how the Cowboys got their five best offensive linemen on the field together.

But with the latest reports out of Dallas, it seems a change at guard this week is going to involve Connor McGovern.

Now in his third season, McGovern has been an intriguing figure since the Cowboys drafted him in the 3rd Round in 2019. There was talk back then that, had he not suffered a torn pectoral muscle in , McGovern might have beaten Williams for the starting job as a rookie.

But Connor Williams was good enough in 2019 that Dallas stuck with him in 2020 and saw growth in the role. Williams did well last season even with the rest of the imploding around him, earning a shot to return to the job this year.

Unfortunately, have become the big issue now. And while he's better physically than in past seasons, Williams still has times when his lack of strength as a guard is far too apparent.

A former 2nd-Round pick himself, the job's always been Connor Williams' to keep. But his struggles have opened the door now for McGovern, and the other Connor may offer some additional incentive for the Cowboys to make the switch.

While Williams' rookie contract expires after this season, McGovern still has one year left on his. A successful move to McGovern now would offer Dallas continuity this and the ability to let Williams walk in without losing a starter.

Again, this financial incentive is only considered because of what's happening on the field. The Cowboys wouldn't pull Williams unless his performance was the issue.

Nothing is official yet; Connor Williams is still the starting left guard for the Dallas Cowboys until McCarthy announces the change or we see it happen in a game. But even if he doesn't start this Sunday in Kansas City, Connor McGovern may very well take the job before the day's over.

Jess Haynie
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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