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Connor Williams Adding Size and Strength Huge for Cowboys OL

It’s no secret that heading into the , the book on Connor Williams coming out of Texas was that he didn’t have enough length to play in the NFL and didn’t have enough bulk to play . At least not at first.

It was an issue we saw play out early in the as he struggled with some of the more powerful defensive tackles. He struggled so much that the team went to Xavier Su’a-Filo during his and for a couple games after he was healthy, thinking they had a better option. After having a bit of time to sit back and watch, Williams came back into the starting lineup with a better feel for that power and was much improved over the last half of the season, including the . He never relinquished his job again.

Though he played better, it was obvious what his number one focus would be; adding size and strength. According to Dallas Vice President Stephen Jones, he’s done just that.

Speaking to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon, Jones gave us some insight into how Williams is looking this offseason.

Jones then added some lofty expectations on the second year guard from the University of Texas.

Connor Williams was already proving himself capable of standing up to powerful as late in the season and in the playoffs, but this is very encouraging to hear as we look to 2019.

Against the and the , Williams and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys interior offensive line had big challenges in front of them. Seattle’s and Los Angeles’ were two of the better defensive tackles in 2018. Donald, is considered by many, the best defensive player in the NFL because of his brute strength that is matched by his quickness.

Against both players, Williams performed well. Not perfect, but well enough to be encouraged about what Williams could bring in 2019. Per , he only allowed five total pressures during the playoffs, including one in the against the Rams. There’s a reason that everyone is so high on Williams heading into his second year.

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Stephen Jones praise is significant. The Dallas Cowboys feature three All-Pro offensive lineman. To say that “we’ll be talking about him just like we do several of the other players on our offensive line” is very high praise. There aren’t many teams in the NFL that boast as much talent along the offensive line as the Dallas Cowboys do in , , and . For Jones to think Williams cold be that level of player doesn’t sound like generic front office speak.

With a full year under his belt, including two playoff starts, Williams should be confident heading into his second year. Adding strength and weight will help him anchor better against the strong interiors he’ll face weekly in the NFL. Getting Travis Frederick back in the lineup will help him with the mental aspect of the game.

There’s a lot to be excited about with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 and the offensive line remains one of those things. How Connor Williams improves from year one to year two will be one of the major storylines throughout the offseason heading toward week one. The Cowboys offensive line remains a focal point for America’s Team and all eyes will be on Williams as he looks to make the second year jump.

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Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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