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Could Connor Williams Be Option at Tight End for Cowboys?

The Dallas Cowboys play on a short week tomorrow, facing the rival on for the third time since 2012. Winners of two straight to even their record at 5-5, the Cowboys need to be in must-win mode against the 6-4 Redskins still. The Cowboys recent wins at the Eagles and Falcons showed signs of this turning the corner. Though this short week presents new challenges to the offense, the Cowboys personnel changes have worked to their benefit.

One such change was the promotion of to . The Cowboys immediately elevated their level of play under Colombo, despite dropping his first game at home to the Titans. This was the last game rookie Left started.

Suffering a knee that kept him out two weeks ago in Philadelphia, the Cowboys turned to their depth in . With so many other changes on offense, including the addition of Amari Cooper, it's difficult to measure Su'a-Filo's true impact at the LG spot. The experienced starter has outplayed Williams in two starts, most recently with Williams healthy to play in Atlanta.

The Cowboys still have plenty of reasons to believe that Williams will be a great player for them, and may even have an opportunity for the pick to get back on the field as soon as tomorrow.

Dalton Schultz
Dallas Cowboys TE

With injured at tight end, the Cowboys are likely turning to another rookie in Dalton Schultz. The Stanford product has flashed in limited opportunity as a blocker this season, but like his fellow TEs on the roster offers little in the .

Lining Williams up at tight end in “Jumbo” formations may be an outside-the-box solution for the Cowboys. 41% (89 of 217) of the Cowboys hand offs this season have come with Swaim on the field, showing this offense will still need to value the TE position in the .

Schultz has played just 31 run snaps this season, compared to 211 for Williams. The collegiate left has struggled where Su'a-Filo has thrived at . Anchoring against bigger, stronger defensive tackles was not Williams' strength in eight starts.

Using Williams for down after down against even more athletic and faster rushers is not the way for the Cowboys to instill confidence in their 50th overall pick. With much more experience blocking on the end of the line of scrimmage, Williams could still prove a serviceable tight end when playing on the move and opening holes for .

Could Connor Williams Be Option at Tight End for Cowboys?
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Surviving an injury scare in Philadelphia, has powered the Cowboys running game as his usual self ever since. The trio of Martin, , and Williams on the right side of the Cowboys line is a potentially devastating one to the Redskins Thursday. The Cowboys don't have to look far to find linemen that have performed at tight end before, with starting playing in this role at times last season.

With all respect to Looney, who has filled in exceptionally for Travis Frederick, the Cowboys have bigger long-term plans for Williams. Keeping a young, healthy player off the field for the remainder of the season could be damaging to this outlook for Connor. Allowing him to play just a few snaps at tight end feels like an ideal way to keep him involved but maintain the Cowboys identity in the running game without further personnel changes.

Behind Schultz, and before Williams, the Cowboys remaining options at tight end are and . Gathers is much more of a receiving threat than a blocker, with the same likely being true of the seldom-used Jarwin.

Marc Colombo has been a fantastic addition to the Cowboys staff, most importantly bringing experience to a relatively new staff at the positional level. First year tight end coach is looking for answers quickly at his position, and may just find them from the surplus of depth at the team's best position.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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