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?
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.
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?
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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