Is Chaz Green Set For a Collins-Like Climb?

    The added two offensive linemen in two different ways during the 2015 .

    First, they shocked many in the football world by drafting in the .

    Then, after the draft had concluded, they signed offensive lineman as an .

    While Green started his 2015 season with hip surgery, Collins immediately climbed up the , impressing coaches, players, and fans alike en route to his first game action week 2 against the .

    During that fateful week 2 showdown which saw the first of two collarbone to , Collins split time with veteran . Leary had been the starting for all of the 2014 season, and had performed well when given the chance.

    The Cowboys just couldn't deny Collins, however, as he continued to impress and dominate at the line of scrimmage, earning the starting job over Leary for their week 7 matchup with the .

    La'el Collins has now cemented himself as a key piece to the “Great Wall of Dallas.”

    Or as Inside 's named them, the “Space Cowboys.”


    No matter what you may call them, we all know just how great and how young this is. Each starter up front will be under 25 years old come , except for right .

    Free is a nine year veteran, who has carved himself out a nice niche among the Cowboys offensive line. However, time is passing Free by, and many are looking to a new young-gun to fill his role.

    Enter Chaz Green.

    Green spent most of the 2015 season injured or on the scout team. But, the Cowboys' staff is apparently pushing for Green to challenge Doug Free for his starting spot as early as this season.

    Free was ranked by as the 25th best offensive tackle in the league last season, which is certainly not a ringing endorsement. While Free's play has at times been inconsistent, his experience and veteran presence for the Cowboys cannot be understated.

    If the 24 year old Green were able to beat Free out for his job, similar to how Collins beat Leary out for his, it would lower the Cowboys average age for their starting offensive line to just 24 years old.

    That would make them the second youngest in all of football, while still being the best run blocking unit in the NFL.

    Yeah, it would be something special.

    Green hasn't shown the public much during his short time in Dallas, and it certainly hasn't been enough for me to predict this Collins-like climb to become true.

    Unlike La'el, Green was not highly touted coming into the league, and was not thought of as a potential long term starter.

    Leary is, by my account, a better player than Doug Free just as Collins is a better player than Chaz Green. So while Green and Collins are two completely different beasts, the climb for Green would be much less steep.

    The best scenario for Green may be to put pressure on Free as best as he can this year, while filling the “swing tackle” role, and show that he can be the starting right tackle in 2017 and beyond.

    Either way, the Cowboys are going to give Chaz Green every opportunity to prove he was worthy of his third round selection.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    Jess Haynie

    Was Free the 25tth best OT overall or just the 25th best right tackle? Because #25 out of 64 starting tackles is actually pretty solid.

    Jess Haynie

    Wow, I’m surprised that he was that rated that bad. Dallas still had a strong run game was only middle of the road in sacks allowed. Was it penalties that drove his rating down?