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Offensive Line Battle: Chaz Green to Left Guard?

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According to Bryan Broaddus, Chaz Green got some work at left guard during the portion open to the media this week. In his Scout's Notebook feature on DallasCowboys.com, Broaddus gave you the breakdown from Wednesday's OTA practice of several positions, including notes from right tackle and left guard.

It begs the question; does Chaz Green have a legitimate shot to start at left guard?

Chaz Green, Joe Looney, La'el Collins

OT Chaz Green (middle)

From all indications it seems that La'el Collins is running away with the right tackle position at this point in the offseason. There are still a lot of padded practices to go, but his athleticism, skill, and physicality would make for a tremendous partnership with right guard Zack Martin.

While Collins was immediately talked up as a potential star at left guard after his signing, we shouldn't forget that Collins was going to be a top half of the first round draft choice as a tackle. Only because the Dallas Cowboys had incumbent veteran starter, Doug Free at right tackle, was Collins even moved to guard.

Had the Cowboys had a need at tackle, there's a good chance that Collins would have been a day one starter on the right side. The athleticism and power potential on the right side of the Dallas offensive line sounds absolutely unfair.

But, back to Green.

His rookie and second year in the NFL were marred by injuries. Despite that, he played really well for Dallas in the stretch of games that Tyron Smith missed in 2016. While it's near impossible to replace the production that Smith provides at the games' most important position, Green held his own.

When Tyron Smith missed weeks three and four of the regular season in 2016, the Dallas Cowboys exploded offensively.

Offensive Line Battle: Chaz Green to Left Guard?

OT Chaz Green #79 (James D. Smith via AP)

The Dallas Cowboys averaged 437.5 total yards, including 190+ rushing yards on the ground, in both games.

Yes, they were against 2016 NFL cupcakes in the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, but Green helped paved the way in those two games for the offense to really get rolling.

Against the Bears, Dak Prescott wasn't sacked and against the 49ers, he was only sacked twice.

For Green, that's pretty strong work after missing all of 2015.

This is not to say that Green is going to be as good as Ronald Leary was or as good as La'el Collins could be at left guard. Green will have to prove that he is the best option at left guard and will have to stay healthy while doing it.

Potentially, though, the combination of Green at left guard and Collins at right tackle could see the offensive line improve from 2016 to 2017.

What do you think is the best offensive line combination for 2017?



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Backup OT Cam Fleming

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The Cowboys are holding on to an important depth option from last year's team. They have reportedly re-signed Offensive Tackle Cameron Fleming, who served as their swing tackle in 2018.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys kept a valuable part of their offensive line in Cameron Fleming, according to a source. Fleming played well in three starts last year, filling in at left tackle for an injured Tyron Smith. Given Smith's recent injury history, the Cowboys... https://t.co/DoB7sL9YpK

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys OT Cam Feming is staying in Dallas, as @toddarcher said. Source adds it's a two-year deal worth up to $8.5m.

Fleming was a free agent signing last year, brought in to be the swing tackle thanks to his experience with the New England Patriots. He started 20 games, not counting some in the playoffs, for the Pats during four seasons there.

Cam had to start three games for Dallas in 2018 due to injury issues with Tyron Smith.

Then language in Garafolo's tweet suggests that there are playing-time incentives in the deal. Fleming' got $2.5 million from the Cowboys last season, so it appears he's getting a potential raise in this new contract.

Given Tyron Smith's recent string of health concerns this is a smart signing. Fleming is still in his physical prime and had more experience than most guy who'd be willing to accept a backup role.



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Cowboys Re-Sign FB Jamize Olawale; Bigger Role Coming?

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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed Fullback Jamize Olawale to a three-year deal. He wasn't used much last season, but could the change in offensive coordinator lead to a bigger role this versatile player?

The new contract is reportedly a three-year deal for $5.4 million, with roughly half of that guaranteed.

Olawale was acquired last year in a trade with the Raiders. After previous fullback Keith Smith left in free agency, Dallas sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland in exchange for Jamize and a sixth-round selection.

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Source: The Cowboys and fullback Jamize Olawale have agreed to a 3-year, $5.4 million deal with $2.8 million guaranteed

Despite the offensive ability that he flashed during his Oakland years, Olawale hardly ever saw the ball with the Cowboys. He was thrown at just four times during the regular season, resulting in two catches for 13 yards.

As as Raider, Olawale was used as a receiving option and even played running back at times. He averaged over 230 yards of offense from 2015-2016 and scored four touchdowns.

With this new contract averaging $1.8 million, making Jamize one of the higher paid fullbacks in the NFL, one must wonder if Dallas plans to get more out of him in 2019.

Perhaps Kellen Moore taking over the offense from Scott Linehan is behind this surprising move. It was hard to imagine the Cowboys keeping Olawale at this price based on last year, but the new Offensive Coordinator might have plans for utilizing his skills more than Linehan did.



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