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Connor Williams Working as Left Tackle in Cowboys Practice

Second-year has been working as the Cowboys' left during practice this week. While this isn't the plan for him in 2019, it does provide a glimpse into potential uses for Williams down the road and how Dallas might handle future moves.

Using Connor at LT this week has been a matter of necessity. The top players on that , and , were not participating for other reasons.

Indeed, Williams spent three years at left tackle in college. It was the last position he'd played before being drafted in the of the by Dallas, who immediately moved him to guard.

Connor started 10 of 13 games at guard last season. He played mostly on the left side, starting Weeks 1-9, before getting injured. played well enough in his absence that Williams didn't get the starting job back when he was healthy. However, when had to miss a few games at the end of the year, Connor started a for those two weeks.

When Martin returned for the , Williams was back as the starting in both postseason games.

Tyron Smith and Cam Fleming will be your starter and backup at left tackle next year. But for 2020 and beyond, Connor Williams' ability to play tackle creates some interesting possibilities.

will be an unrestricted next year. Fleming will still have one year left on his deal and Dallas just spent a third-round pick on the versatile . Throw in that Williams can play some tackle, and it seems as if they're covering bases for Collins eventual departure.

We could very well see a starting lineup in 2020 with McGovern at LG and Williams at RT. Another possibility is that Fleming starts at RT and Williams stays at guard, but can be moved to tackle if needed.

If nothing else, it's nice to know that Dallas has options. We may never see Connor Williams play a regular season snap at left tackle, but versatility is a great asset. It can greatly increase a player's value, and give his team some leverage and flexibility in roster management.

For the Cowboys, it does make you wonder what the future holds for the offensive line.

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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