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Moving La’el Collins To RT Indicates Belief In Cooper at LG

RJ Ochoa

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The Offseason is good for a lot of things. I personally use it to read, catch up, and get ready for the upcoming NFL season. Actual NFL teams use it for the Draft - the Cowboys dominated that - and to experiment with potential ideas to implement when it all starts to matter. This might be the case for the Dallas Cowboys as they're currently working with 2015 Undrafted Free Agent superstar La'el Collins at Right Tackle as opposed to his normal position, Left Guard.

Perhaps you believe that Left Guard was La'el Collins' position because that's the one that he's best suited for. Maybe you believe La'el was in between Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick because the Dallas Cowboys didn't want to trust Tony Romo's right side to a rookie two years ago. Or maybe, just maybe, you believe La'el Collins played Left Guard because Doug Free was a legitimate Right Tackle.

Whatever your belief, it seems like La'el Collins could spend his third year donning the blue and silver protecting the right edge of the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line. You'll of course remember that the aforementioned Doug Free retired earlier this offseason, so La'el is filling a need the Cowboys currently have. But what about Left Guard then? There's no more Ron Leary - he defected to the Denver Broncos - to take those scraps, so who will play there? The answer to that may be the reason La'el Collins is kicking outside, and it's an interesting one.

La'el Collins To Right Tackle Isn't A Slam Dunk

La'el Collins, Dak Prescott

We could be seeing La'el Collins protecting Dak Prescott's right side for the next decade if things work out the way we want them to.

To the casual observer the idea of La'el Collins moving out all the way to the right may not seem like a big deal. After all, La'el played Offensive Tackle during his collegiate days at LSU. He was good there... so he should be good here. Right? Isn't that the way it works? Bueller?

John Owning of FanRag Sports cautioned against this move, citing all-world stud Tyron Smith as a prime example of exactly how moving linemen can be filled with growing pains. Consider that La'el Collins has spent his entire NFL life so far learning - and perfecting - the mannerisms, mechanics, and philosophies of playing Left Guard. Playing Right Tackle means that all of that is mirrored and the caliber of pass rusher he's tasked with blocking increases significantly.

The truth of the matter is that La'el Collins is going to have to be paid soon - although contrary to what was some Twitter discussion he will be a Restricted Free Agent in 2018 - and you don't pay prime dollar for Left Guards. La'el Collins was a golden goose the Cowboys accidentally tripped over after the 2015 NFL Draft. To be able to cultivate him into a starting Right Tackle opposite of Tyron Smith and next to Zack Martin for a generation is a huge gift and luxury.

Count me as one who's excited about the prospect of La'el Collins at Right Tackle, but I'm admittedly in this camp under a veil of patience. Nobody, and I mean nobody, can just swing out to Right Tackle from Left Guard and be a beast all the time. Remember this in October.

Does La'el Collins' Move Mean The Cowboys Believe In Jonathan Cooper At Left Guard?

Jonathan Cooper

Does the idea of Jonathan Cooper at LG give the Cowboys the confidence to move La'el Collins to RT?

Simple math tells us that if La'el Collins is playing Right Tackle and not Left Guard that the Left Guard position needs someone to play it. I'm kind of a math expert, I know.

The Dallas Cowboys currently have Byron Bell and Jonathan Cooper as options to play along the interior of the left side of the Offensive Line. Byron Bell is a fine lineman - and was partly the subject of a Stephen Jones joke recently - but the sexier option in the minds of Dallas Cowboys fans is the 2013 7th Overall Pick of the Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Cooper.

How do I know that Cowboys Nation finds this option sexy? If Jonathan Cooper is your LG and La'el Collins is your RT, here's your Offensive Line from left to right:

  • Tyron Smith, 2011 1st Rounder, 9th Overall
  • Jonathan Cooper, 2013 1st Rounder, 7th Overall
  • Travis Frederick, 2013 1st Rounder, 31st Overall
  • Zack Martin, 2014 1st Rounder, 16th Overall
  • La'el Collins, 2015 UDFA, but would've gone in the first if not for what we all know.

Five First Rounders on the Offensive Line.

Everybody wants to be able to say that, you know it. And I don't blame them. I like saying cool things, and this is the perfect coal for the engine-that-crushes-Eagles-fans-souls.

But seriously, it makes sense that Jonathan Cooper is the reason the Dallas Cowboys feel confident enough to take the risks we mentioned to move La'el Collins to RT. The Cowboys brought Cooper in shortly after the 2016 regular season ended, and they liked him so much that they brought him back on a one-year deal.

If La'el Collins were to stick to the position he's played all along in Dallas, LG, then that would mean the Cowboys would have to depend on Chaz Green or Emmett Cleary at RT, although Bell himself is an option... since Doug Free isn't coming back (sigh). It's not hard to see that the Cowboys must view the Cooper at LG and Collins at RT fix as the best one for the sake of the overall unit.

Get excited to say the cool thing, because it could seriously happen. Huzzah.

Tell us what you think about "Moving La’el Collins To RT Indicates Belief In Cooper at LG" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!


I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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3 Comments
  • Russ_Te

    Right, workouts in offseason in a new spot can go either way. Myself and others on here have speculated Collins may go to RT because it fits the current circumstances well if it works:

    One is Cooper as you mention, and the general truth that G is somewhat easier than T to acquire (Nate Newton and Leary were both UFA’s)

    Another is, Collins has enough ability for it – size, quicks, agility. Again that’s pretty hard to get at OT, and in this case you have a chance for a real upgrade from Free in pass block.

    I like it for one other reason: Collins has actually not shown yet that he can stay healthy inside. It is more pounding than OT is. RT might be the thing that keeps him on the field.

  • Russ_Te

    My current other position-move projections:

    Charlton at LDT
    Byron Jones at starting CB

    less likely but possible > Jaylon Smith at SS

    total wildcard that can’t happen in 2017 > Lawrence to TE ;^)

  • dallas1966

    RJ I’m excited, as well. I truly believe that this offensive line, will go as been better than the 70’s and 90’s Cowboys offensive line, which dominated opposing defensive front lines, for decades. It’s Dak Attack!! Time!!

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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

Sean Martin

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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.

Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.

Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.

It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.

Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.

New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.

As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.

Tell us what you think about "Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is in jail after crashing his car, a Lamborghini, into a light pole, per the Star Telegram. The incident occurred approximately at 3:00 AM, according to the reports and Williams, who fled the scene was arrested two hours later. He was arrested for public intoxication and was also charged for leaving the scene.

According to Clarence Hill, Williams was still in jail as of 11:30 AM.

Kate Hairopoulus, from SportsDay, reported that according to Frisco Police, the Lamborghini was found without a driver. After determining that the car belonged to the Cowboys' wide receiver, they proceded to arrest Williams near his residence, where he was riding an electric bicycle.

This certainly explains why T-Will wasn't arrested for DUI instead of public intoxication. Hairopoulus also reported that Williams has been released on a $369 bond.

Without much more details, Terrance Williams' future with the Cowboys doesn't look very promising as of right now. After hauling a lot of receivers during the offseason, the WR room in Dallas will feature a lot of competition.

Williams, who's recovering from a fractured foot and missing the offseason programs, has something to prove. Certainly, an accident like this doesn't help much his cause.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with more details about Terrance Williams' arrest.

Last updated at 2:20 PM CDT.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith Moving Without Brace

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When the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world and selected linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, most could not picture a day where he would be going through drills without a brace on his injured knee.

Well, as has been previously reported, that day is now.

New footage has emerged of Jaylon Smith moving laterally without the brace, posted to Youtube by "Cowboys Fan Club." And to say he looks smooth doing so would be an understatement.

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The 50 second video clip above shows Jaylon Smith looking rather explosive laterally, something we feared he may never be able to do again. When at his best Smith was able to utilize his athleticism and range, and if he can get those attributes all the way back the Cowboys linebacker group will be in very good shape.

Combining him with the athletic Leighton Vander Esch and consistent Sean Lee would be a solid trio of linebackers in 2018. Of course, there is a lot of time between now and the opening game against the Carolina Panthers, however, but it's okay to be excited about his progress.

Let's hope Jaylon Smith continues to progress as the offseason moves along and we inch closer to the 2018 season.


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