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Left Guard is Cowboys’ Biggest Weakness After Early Free Agency

The have seen a lot of coming and comings over the last few weeks. Though we’re still early in the , the position is glaring as Dallas’ biggest weakness about a month before the upcoming .

The initial waves of free agency helped clear up some things at other roster spots. The Cowboys had well over 20 , mostly unrestricted, and some positions like , , and were facing heavy losses.

But then we started to see players coming back; Jayron Kearse, , , , and other defenders getting re-signed. We also had a new addition in DE Dante Fowler to help supplement the loss of to the Broncos.

On , TE got the while WR Michael Gallup got a brand new deal. Even with Amari Cooper being traded to Cleveland and RT La’el Collins getting released, Dallas still has options to cover those spots with the promotion of at OT and receiver to help round out the top three.

In all of this player movement there’s on position that sticks out for a lack of positive news. With Connor Williams moving to Miami in free agency, left guard is now a gaping hole in the offense line without a satisfying option for 2022.

Connor McGovern is the current frontrunner to take over. He started four games in the middle of 2021 when Dallas benched Williams for his excessive . But after the Cowboys went 2-2 during that stretch, the starting job went back to Williams for the remainder of the season.

McGovern has looked much better on the right side than left, replacing a couple of times over the last two years. But after his failure to impress at LG last season, how much can Dallas really trust Connor in 2022?

One could hope in “third-year development” for McGovern next season. Remember, he missed his entire 2019 season with a torn pectoral that even knocked him out of the . He was essentially a redshirt and has only had two real years of NFL experience.

However, the Cowboys are already putting a lot of faith in player development at other spots on the offense line. They’re hoping that Terence Steele will build on his perceived potential as he replaced La’el Collins at . Dallas is also counting on Tyler Biadasz to take a leap forward at .

With Tyron Smith’s notorious health issues a concern at left tackle, can the Cowboys afford to take another gamble on the spot between him and Biadasz?

This is why you’re seeing 2022 prospects like and Zion Johnson landing with Dallas in . McGovern hasn’t inspired confidence and an immediate upgrade with long-term potential could be a worthy use of the Cowboys’ 1st-round pick.

There are still intriguing veteran option in free agency as well. Experienced starters like Laurent Deuvernay-Tardif, Will Hernandez, and Trai Turner remain unsigned. The longer they stay on the market, the cheaper they should become for the miserly Cowboys.

True, left guard is hardly the only issue left to address on the roster. There are still some big concerns in terms of depth at WR and TE, finding a run-stopper at DT, additional LB help, and replacing at . Thankfully the Cowboys still have the entire 2022 Draft and cap space to help.

But right now, if the season started tomorrow, left guard would worry me most. Dallas needs to get back to dominating up front both to increase run-game efficacy and help keep ’s pocket clean. Connor McGovern has given less reason for optimism than Tyler Biadasz or Terence Steele, and thus his position should now be the Cowboys’ top priority.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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  1. Obviously, there is a big need at LG, and K Green would appear to be a great addition at that position, and he may be available when they pick in the first round. That’s not to say they couldn’t pick up a very good Guard prospect in the second or possibly even in the third rounds.

    Next would be to finally fill a long time run stopping void in the middle of the D Line. It seems almost every year fans mention this problem. They did draft Osa O and Gallimore (who in fairness, was out w/an elbow for numerous weeks), however the run defense still wasn’t stout. The other notable, second rounder T Hill has been a semi bust so far. If J Davis were to fall, they should jump, but probably won’t be there. Liking this kid out of UConn, Travis Jones, as a consolation prize. Little later P Mathis.

    • VAM- I like that thinking. This OL desperately needs an infusion of a youthful stud, likely coming in the form of a 1st round Guard. I also expect them to sign a FA Guard for depth or that can start in a pinch. This OL needs to be overhauled starting now.

      Appears that they have plenty of penetrating 3-techs. Agree they need to find a behemoth that can eat up blocks and push the pocket. Whether that’s a FA or draft pick, it has to be done. The hope is that Gallimore,Osa and Gholston take it to the next level. J Davis will be long gone, but I really like T Jones as well. He probably won’t last past rd two though, and doubt the Boys would burn a 2nd rounder on him.

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