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Is There Reason For Concern About The Cowboys Offensive Line?

Last week, Pro set the Cowboys Twitter world on fire by sending out one simple list.

The Top Offensive Lines in the .

Long story short, they had the Cowboys vaunted 9th, which sent a large portion of our fan base into a frenzy and led to some serious discussion about the status of the team's offensive line.

PFF's main reason for sending the Cowboys down in their was that they are enduring turnover at two starting positions. Losing longtime starting right , and one of the most underappreciated players on the 2016 roster in , the Cowboys have to get creative in order to fill out the “starting five.”

Both Leary and Free were solid starters in Dallas, and were certainly underrated by most of the team's own fan base, but I don't believe the future at or left is as bleak as some are painting it out to be.

Of course, La'el Collins is sliding to right tackle. You know, the same La'el Collins who showed flashes of greatness during his rookie season in 2015, albeit at guard. There are some questions about just how smooth his transition to tackle will be, but I personally have faith that Collins will be fine on the right side.La'el Collins

What I mostly wanted to discuss today, however, was the Cowboys situation at .

Former pick turned “bust” in the eyes of many, has been penciled in as the starter there during the early parts of the . After playing in a handful games for the in 2016, Cooper was signed by the Cowboys prior to their playoff loss to the .

Dallas decided to keep Cooper for the , now giving him a chance to compete for and earn that left guard spot.

While there are legitimate questions about how good Cooper really is, or can be, there is no question that he is in the perfect place to reach his full potential.

Whatever that potential may be.

Playing with All-Pro to his left and All-Pro to his right, Cooper will be starting at the most comfortable guard spot in the entire league. No, it will not be easy for Cooper, nor do I expect him to be a great player, but I do believe he can be a solid piece amongst this fearsome line.

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Plus, I actually liked what I saw when watching the tape on Cooper in 2016. Yes, there were inconsistencies, but Cooper showed the ability to operate off double teams well on both DUO and inside/outside zone blocking schemes.

Plays which the Cowboys use a lot of, by the way.

I write all of that to say, we should still have confidence in the offensive line. They still have three of (arguably) the top ten offensive linemen in the league, and now add two players which were once considered to be top draft prospects.

Sure, it might not work, and it might not be as pretty as it has been since 2014. But, I don't think there is a reason for panic about the changes on this offensive line just yet.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
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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