Re-signing Cam Erving an Underrated Offseason Priority for the Cowboys

    play in the NFL can make as much of a difference to efficient and effective offensive production as the performance of the or the does. When offensive line play is average or bad it disrupts everything on . The Cowboys witnessed this reality during the and the world saw literally running for his life in the Chiefs loss to the .

    How 2020 started for the Cowboys and how the season ended for the Chiefs are the prime examples of why you continue to invest in your offensive line. It's why you can never have too many good offensive linemen.

    By all reports, the Cowboys should be getting back and to a reasonable level of health in 2021. However, Tyron Smith hasn't played a full season since 2015 and Collins didn't play snap-in 2020. The Cowboys were forced to rely on their depth at , even sliding over before he was injured.

    The Cowboys have and under contract for 2021, but they should also bring back Cam Erving as well.

    Erving is a versatile offensive lineman that can compete at and play both tackle spots. Though he struggled with of his own, he was solid in his one season with Dallas. In five games played, Erving allowed just one sack and eight total pressure per . To put that into perspective, he allowed a pressure on just 5% of his pass-blocking snaps. Brandon Knight allowed a pressure on 7.1% of his snaps. All-Pro Guard Zack Martin allowed a pressure on 7.7% of his snaps.

    Now, this isn't to say that Cam Erving is better than Zack Martin or even Brandon Knight, but he certainly showed a capability that the Cowboys could use more of. His versatility allows him to play both guard and tackle and with some questions as to who might be the in 2021, Erving is a name the Cowboys could consider thrusting into that competition as well.

    He might not be the most coveted of the Cowboys , but he's a player that , , and should bring back on another one-year deal. It's certainly possible that Erving finds a job starting somewhere in 2021, but unless he finds that starter opportunity and money, the Cowboys should take a run at him for their 2021 roster.

    Again, you can never have too much offensive line depth and Erving provides really nice depth for when the Cowboys need a fill-in for one of their starters at tackle or guard.

    John Williams
    John Williams
    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.


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