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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Training Camp Preview: Offensive Tackle

The Dallas appear to be bringing back the same key trip of players at offensive from last year. But with talk that 2019 could be La’el Collins’ last season in Dallas, will we see signs that the Cowboys are preparing for future changes in how they handle the position in this year’s ?

With as an All-Pro fixture at , and re-signed this to be the swing tackle, the intrigue swirls around Collins and his impending in 2020. If the Cowboys have no intention of paying La’el what he can command on the open market, what might they do now to lay the groundwork for Collins’ exit?

Here’s a quick look at the projected OT for 2019 camp:

  1. Tyron Smith, La’el Collins
  2. Cam Fleming, Jake Campos
  3. , Derrick Puni,

As was just said, the returning top three are locked in to those spots. Campos is a carryover from last year’s , so that experience gives him a potential over the three undrafted rookies.

Back to the top, though, and this situation with La’el Collins. If Dallas had Collins locked up for years to come, they would likely only keep the two starters and Fleming as a backup. A fourth OT is unlikely to be active on game days, and they have ’ college experience as a tackle in case of an emergency.

If the Cowboys are truly thinking that La’el won’t be back in 2020, perhaps they use a spot now to hang on to a player who they value for depth next year.

Mitch Hyatt
OT Mitch Hyatt

This is where undrafted Mitch Hyatt becomes an intriguing figure in this 2019 camp. He comes from a championship college program at Clemson and was projected as a late-round pick this year. Dallas made him a priority after the draft.

Of course, Campos, Knight, or Puni have the potential to make some noise as well. But Hyatt would seem to have the most upside of the group, and Dallas might be willing to consider him as a 2020 swing tackle option if he can hit the ground running in camp this year.

Cam Fleming is also going to need to have a strong camp to help the Cowboys’ in their strategy. Letting Collins go would be predicated on their comfort level with Fleming as the next year. If he struggles now, then doesn’t get much playing time in the regular season, that would likely shake their confidence.

The final result of all this talk could be that La’el Collins and Dallas actually do figure out a way to continue their relationship. But when the Cowboys drafted in the of this last draft it felt like a future-pointed move, with Collins’ projected departure the likely impetus for the investment.

What we may wind up seeing is McGovern taking over at and allowing Connor Williams to replace Collins at tackle. But that’s a discussion better saved for next offseason.

You can read more about La’el Collins impending free agency in this recent article by our own Kevin Brady. A few weeks back, I also discussed the idea that Dallas should trade Collins now rather than lose him as a free agent next year.

For now, the offensive tackles in 2019 should have continuity and stability. But if we really pay attention in this training camp and , we may see signs of what the Cowboys are planning to do at the position in the coming years.

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Jess Haynie

Written by 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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