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    Josh Ball’s Bad Night Leaves Cowboys Searching for Swing Tackle

    Cowboys Offensive Josh Ball was hardly the only poor performer in last night's preseason loss to the . He just might have been the worst, though, and now Dallas has to figure out what to do about the swing tackle job going forward.

    Ball was generally hapless against Denver's pass rushers and looked completely unsuited for playing . As we've discussed many times, this is a paramount issue for the Cowboys given 's proven inability to stay healthy for a full season.

    Even going into camp, Ball was described as a better option for the right side than the left. The hope was that rookie Matt Waletzko would be able to quickly take on the responsibility but he's now missing time with a shoulder injury that is expected to require surgery.

    With Waletzko potentially not able to play at all and unable to prove his value now, Dallas had to hope that Ball could step up. But he's reportedly struggled in camp and that was validated by what we saw last night.

    eventually took over in the second half and looked more competent at left tackle. The Cowboys had been trying to make Isaac a but the third-year prospect's original position was tackle.

    Still, Alarcón entered the game late and wasn't facing premier defensive talent. How he'd hold up in a regular-season game stepping in for Tyron Smith is a much different scenario and one that Dallas may not be able to feel confident about by Week One.

    Even the notion of using 1st-round pick as an emergency left tackle took a hit last night. While Smith put on a show at times with his powerful blocking at guard, he also had some issues with that would only be exacerbated playing tackle. That aside, you'd also rather let the rookie focus on one job this year.

    Clearly, the answer appears to be looking for outside help. With limited roster cuts beginning this Tuesday, the Cowboys will no doubt be scanning the wire for new candidates to compete for the single tackle role. There are also still some veteran out there that might provide some help.

    Management's line recently has been that they wanted to see what their young guys could do before looking to . Well, they've now had weeks of camp and a game to tell them that Josh Ball isn't the answer at swing tackle.

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    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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    Pete Panagiotopoulos

    I roll with Alarcon as my swing tackle until they sign someone. He might not be great but he’s somebody who has the talent and gives max effort. Josh Ball should be cut imo and replaced with a vet like Eric Fisher or Darryl Williams. Jerry/ Stephen still don’t get it!! Your backups have to be capable starters if need be.

    Ohrariel

    BAll needs to go.

    JoeB

    Don’t be surprised if Jerry trades with Miami to bring back Connor Williams. Then Jerry will go around bragging about what a great GM he is (not).

    Lawrence C. Baker

    That’s exactly what Jerry and idiotic cheap skate Stephen Jones would do. Bring Connor Williams back after he’s proven to you he can’t block an old man in a grocery store aisle.

    lonewolfz28

    Sign Eric Fisher if he’ll take ~$10M and IR Waletzko. Roll with Ball as backup RT and Fisher as backup LT. Have Fisher active on game day to get us through that game if anything happens, then have Ball active the following week if necessary.

    Worst case scenario if Tyron and Steele both get nicked up, Tyler Smith can slide out to LT or Zack can slide out to RT with Fisher filling the other spot and Farniok or McGovern coming in at G. Not ideal, but at that point, it’s just doing what you have to do to get through the game without getting the QB killed.

    Jorge

    Ball was disappointing. Let’s see what Alacron can do this week early in the game with better talent. It might be time to check the waiver wire…

    Don D Fooshee

    The Cowboys season flames out after the first pre-season game! NOT!