One of the big mysteries on the Dallas Cowboys roster right now is offensive lineman Chaz Green. Is he a guard? Is he a tackle? Does he have any shot at being a significant player this season?
A third-round pick in last year's draft, Green was essentially "redshirted" in 2015 with a known hip issue that required surgery. He had that done after the draft and missed all of training camp and preseason. Green was on the Physically Unable to Perform list for as long as is allowed, then was kept inactive the rest of the season.
During those late-season practices, reports had Green getting some work at guard due to struggling at tackle. However, coming into this year, those same sources have Green back to primarily playing at offensive tackle. It makes sense given the Cowboys' situation there compared to the interior line.
Dallas is set for this year and probably most of the next decade at most of their starting offensive line positions. Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin aren't expected to be leaving anytime soon. What's more, Dallas has two veteran interior line reserves in Ronald Leary and newly-signed Joe Looney.
It's right tackle, and the swing tackle role behind it, that give Chaz Green the best opportunity to have a role now and in the future. According to Cowboys insider Bryan Broaddus, however, there won't be any competition for the starting job this season:
"Chaz Green will not beat Doug Free out for his job at right tackle – it just will not happen. Where Green needs to focus is trying to beat Charles Brown out for that job as the swing tackle."
This shouldn't be a surprise or even a disappointment. Green is essentially still a rookie with all of the missed time last year. For whatever flaws he has, Free has experience and chemistry on his side. Free's also a very strong run blocker and that increases his value with Dallas' focus on the rushing attack.
So what about that backup job? After trying several different guys during the 2015 camp and preseason, Dallas eventually signed veteran Charles Brown before Week One. He never had to play much, thankfully, but the Cowboys must have seen enough in practice to want to re-sign him this past March. Brown is playing for the veteran minimum of $760k this season with no guaranteed money.
The Cowboys would love for Green to supplant Brown as the swing tackle this year. Ideally they would only keep three backup linemen; one tackle to go with Leary and Looney as the interior reserves. It frees up a valuable roster spot for some other position.
If Green can't handle the job then Dallas will have a tough decision to make. You'd hate to give up on a third-round pick this soon, especially one who didn't have much of a rookie season. Dallas would have to still think enough of Green's potential to want to carry him all season, likely never putting him on the active gameday roster.
Of course, they could cut Green and try to put him on the practice squad. They may not be worried about him getting poached a year removed from his draft class. Also, frankly, they may not care too much if his value has fallen to the point of being released.
For a few years the third round of the NFL Draft was becoming a good friend to the Dallas Cowboys. From 2011-2013 it yielded DeMarco Murray, Tyrone Crawford, and Terrance Williams. After not having a pick in 2014, Dallas took Green last year and just selected defensive tackle Maliek Collins in this past April's draft.
Both Green and Collins have had tough starts. Collins broke his foot a few weeks ago and could miss all of training camp and most of the preseason. However, third-round picks don't often hit the ground running. Murray and Crawford, and even Jason Hatcher a few years earlier, had slow beginnings before eventually becoming big names. Even if these early years aren't noteworthy for Green, it doesn't mean he won't have a career.
However, there's also plenty of room for Green to be a failed pick. Between Hatcher and the Murray-Crawford-Williams drafts, Dallas drafted offensive linemen James Marten and Robert Brewster in the third round. Both were out of the league within a few years.
So, the mystery around Green is still just that and may linger for another season or two. He's become easily forgotten because of La'el Collins being picked up as a free agent in that same draft class. However, with right tackle still the weak spot of the offensive line and the closest to needing a fresh face, Green is still very relevant to the Cowboys current and future goals.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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