Mike McCarthy May Lean On The Veterans In Center Position Battle

    With former All Pro starting announcing his this , the Cowboys have big shoes to fill in the middle of their .

    Dallas did go out and draft Wisconsin center this April and they have former pick coming off an prone rookie season as well. Plus, “Jumbo” signed a one year extension with the Cowboys to stick around for the .

    All of this interior line depth means we are headed for some serious competition, but the lack of a normal offseason may force teams to lean heavily on their veterans during position battles like these.

    spoke to this a bit this week, stating that with still not a full go at left , McGovern was taking first team reps beside center Joe Looney.

    Looney, who started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2018, certainly has the experience needed to fill the role in 2020. The Cowboys' plethora of young interior offensive linemen has led others to speculate that Looney could be used as bait, however.

    Bleacher Report released a list of the most likely trade candidates for each NFL team, with Joe Looney making the list for Dallas.

    “Several teams are in need of a versatile interior lineman, and Dallas has 2019 third-round pick Connor McGovern as a backup at guard and rookie fourth-round pick Tyler Biadasz waiting in the wings at center.

    If Biadasz pries the starting job away from Looney, the Cowboys should attempt to cash him in on the trade market.”

    Their logic here is sound, but with Looney getting first team reps on day one it's hard to expect drastic changes across the offensive line this season. As I mentioned earlier, this is a weird offseason, one where we won't see the same position battles work themselves out throughout and games.

    Instead these coaches will have to lean on the guys who have done it before. This doesn't mean that Biadasz and McGovern may not be future starters on this team, but 2020 is a tough time to try to win a job.

    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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    Gary b

    I would definitely lean on the veterans, at least initially. I don’t see McGovern and Biadasz (with no NFL) exp. starting together. The only way this offense sputters is if the OL has issues.