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Why is Everyone Trying to Give Cowboys G Connor Williams’ Job Away?

has been the ' starting left for most of the last two seasons. While we usually expect a lot of players heading into the third year, especially a former 2nd-Round draft pick, many appear ready to kick Williams to the curb for other options. Does Connor deserve more respect heading into 2020?

Williams was the 50th-overall pick in the 2018 Draft. While he played left at the University of Texas, Connor was immediately converted to guard upon joining the Cowboys.

Dallas put their faith in the rookie and named him the starting for Week One. The previous year's starter, veteran , had left in . With La'el Collins fully converted to at that point, the door was wide open for Williams to walk into the role.

Connor had a personal setback that year with a minor knee in early November. Backup Xavier Su'a-Filo came in and was good enough that Dallas didn't give the starting job back to Williams when he was healthy. The Cowboys were also trying to preserve chemistry as they made their late-season push for the .

It was only when also had to miss a few games in December that Connor got back into starting action. Williams did enough at that point, along with some decline in Xavier's play, that Dallas restored him to starting left guard for the playoffs.

Connor resumed that job last season and played 11 games before suffering a season-ending ACL tear during the game. He was showing solid improvement prior to the injury; Pro had him ranked 38th overall among all guards (left and right) when he went out.

That's pretty good with 64 starting jobs around the league.

A former 2nd-Round pick who showed improvement in Year 2 and has been battling ; we'd usually be rooting for a player like this in his third season. But it seems like many are ready to hand Connor Williams' job off to someone else in 2020.

Connor Williams
Dallas Cowboys guard Connor Williams (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It's almost like the brief handoff to Su'a-Filo in 2018 set a bad tone for Williams going forward; a guy who lost his job once can more easily lose it again.

We saw that last year when Penn State's was drafted in the 3rd Round. If it hadn't been for a pectoral injury during the camp and process, McGovern was reportedly in a position to take Williams' starting job.

McGovern is now healed and ready to compete in 2020. He's one of a few different players in the mix for the interior line positions; , Cam Erving, , and .

While replacing is the top reason for all of these options, there's potential fallout which could impact Connor Williams as well. Depending on who gets the job at , could someone else still be seen as a new starter at left guard?

For example, let's say Looney or Biadasz is our new center in 2020. That leaves McGovern and Erving, a former 1st-Round pick himself, looking for a spot to play. Will the Cowboys allow them to get enough reps at guard in July and August that they could win the job by September?

It's been suggested that Williams, as a collegiate , might work as the swing tackle in 2020. While Cam Erving appears to have been signed for that role, it's certainly a way for Dallas to still get something out of Williams in 2020 if someone new emerges as a superior starting guard.

All that said, Connor Williams is still the front-runner for the left guard job this year. Not only is he entering that traditionally pivotal third season but he's had the additional setbacks with injuries and making the transition from college tackle to NFL guard. There's good reason for optimism about his continued growth.

This isn't a time to hope for greener grass with a new player. If anything, the best bet is to trust in our scouts' evaluation of Williams and that the developing guard, still just 23 years old, will blossom in 2020.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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