Determining who the Dallas Cowboys decide to take over for Travis Frederick as their starting center in 2020 could be as easy as playing a game of connect the dots. Luckily for you I’ve already done the groundwork, which is why I believe former Wisconsin Badger Tyler Biadasz could be their favored option right now and I’ll tell you why.
Before we get too far into this though, let’s meet the potential candidates to replace Travis Frederick. The Cowboys have a proven veteran in Joe Looney, an intriguing second-year player in Connor McGovern, and a promising rookie in Tyler Biadasz. Connor Williams may be in the mix as well due to his versatility to play any position on the offensive line. An argument can be made for nearly every one of these players as Frederick’s replacement.
This is where connecting the dots comes into play. I know Joe Looney is the more experienced and proven player due to the fact he started all 16 games in 2018 as a Travis Frederick fill-in, but that’s not the way the game played out when I started connecting the dots. It pointed me more in the direction of Tyler Biadasz.
The Wisconsin roots run deep when I started connecting all the dots and ended up playing a pretty big factor in how this game played out. The first dot I connected was of course the link between Travis Frederick and Tyler Biadasz. They were both born and raised in Wisconsin and were both starting centers for the Badgers before getting drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Pretty obvious, right!?
Well, here’s where things get a little bit more interesting. The next dot I connected was between Biadasz and Mike McCarthy. McCarthy has spent over a decade in Wisconsin as both the head coach of the Green Bay Packers and as a resident. I can almost guarantee he’s watched the Badgers play more than a few games and knows all too well what his new rookie center is capable of.
The dots continued of course to connect when thinking back to the 2020 NFL Draft when Mike McCarthy was at the forefront of persuading the Dallas Cowboys to trade up for Tyler Biadasz. I don’t know about you, but that clearly shows at least a little bit of favoritism in my way of thinking. McCarthy clearly thought enough of Biadasz to push for a trade and ended up getting his way.
Now, I know all of this is strictly speculation on my part and things could play out in an entirely different way. However, Tyler Biadasz being the favored option to replace Travis Frederick isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Of course, the likelihood of that happening probably lessens the further along practices and the season gets pushed back.