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Could Terence Steele Face Competition for Starting RT Job?

When the Dallas surprisingly released La’el Collins in March, having Terence Steele to turn to as the new starting right was a major part of the decision. But does that mean Steele is just going to be handed the job in 2022 or could he still face competition?

Steele has had a stunning ascent the last two years, going from an undrafted in 2020 to a presumptive starter this season. He’s been praised for his work ethic and coachability and has proven he can hold his own at in when called upon.

There’s good reason to hope that Terence will only get better as the full-time starter. It will give him more practice time with the rest of the first-team , meaning more reps playing next to and building chemistry.

Knowing you’re the guy going into each game is a far different mental and emotional approach than the kid hoping for a shot as the backup. And though Steele has started 27 games the last two years due to Collins and ’s , he’s never had an entire to prepare for the starting role.

Still, should we already be locking Terence in as the starting RT in 2022?

The Cowboys have invested two mid-round picks the last few years at offensive tackle; Josh Ball with a 2021 4th-rounder and then a 5th-round pick on Matt Waletzko just a week ago. Should it be a shock if one of these guys pushed Steele for his job?

Cowboys OT prospects Josh Ball & Matt Waletzko

Ball is especially intriguing. He might’ve been a Day 2 pick in 2021 if not for personal concerns related to a domestic abuse accusation in college. There is reason to think his eventual ceiling for development is higher than Steele’s.

Josh got the NFL’s equivalent of a redshirt season last year when Dallas used a ankle to stash him on . But he did get the offseason to work with the coaches and trainers and will now return to build on that.

While the fresh-faced of the bunch, North Dakota’s Matt Waletzko is being billed as a great physical prospect who needs plenty of technical improvements. already mentioned him as a swing tackle candidate for 2022, but what if he really takes to and makes big strides in ?

The point here is that Terence Steele’s hold on the starting right tackle job may not be as tight as you think. Yes, the Cowboys were willing to make La’el Collins a casualty based on Steele’s presence. But the real question is if Steele is just seen as “good enough” or as something more?

Thankfully, Dallas at least has two young prospects with upside to consider if Steele gives them reasons for concern. And depending on how the next four months go, who’s to say what could happen before we get to Week One?

Remember, it was a shock when Terence Steele started the opener. Cam Fleming was here to be the veteran swing tackle but Dallas went with the UDFA, announcing it just hours before kickoff.

Steele may be the safe bet to start in 2022. However, his own career is proof that the Cowboys are willing to buck expectations in the name of youth and upside. If Josh Ball or Matt Waltezko give them a reason, they just might do it again.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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  1. I think Josh Ball is more of a left tackle if I’m not mistaken…. But Matt Waletzko will be a good right tackle in my opinion!! That guy is a giant, so when he gets his problems worked out, I think he’ll be a really good tackle!! But I don’t think it’ll be this year…. At least not at the beginning of the year!!

    • Matt Waletzko is actually the more athletic of the two, and that’s at a higher weight than Ball. Ball has the advantage of experience playing against better competition, but Waletzko has better physical traits, with longer arms and bigger/stronger hands.

      It’s going to be an interesting battle.

      As far as Steele goes, I think he plays very well when he’s able to concentrate on RT instead of being bounced back and forth from right to left and back to right. Some guys can easily switch sides, Steele doesn’t appear to be one of them, kind of like Doug Free. I think Steele at least starts the season at RT. If Ball or Waletzko beat him out, that’s a nice problem to have.

  2. Dallas finally drafted a tackle that will be able to replace TRON when he hangs up his cleats. Another factor is that with an eighteen game schedule the team needs to anticipate injuries. Particularly to vets like Zack and Tron. If we could I like to only play them for half a game till late October. Point is a team needs a ration, not just five guys.

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