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Why The Health Of This Cowboys Offensive Lineman Is Critical

If there's one thing, and only one thing, that Cowboys Twitter can seem to agree upon during games, it's their disdain for .

And listen, I get it. Of the five starters he is probably the weakest link, and seems to be called for a holding and/or pre-snap once a game. I would also argue, however, that if given the help that other offensive tackles are given, Free would be much better in pass protection. In addition, we tend to remember Free's negatives, like being called for a holding on a long run, more than the positives, like his pancake block a few plays later.

But I digress.

The bottom line is, Free is getting up there in age, and his ability has certainly taken a hit. While he may be underrated by many, the fact still remains that an upgrade would be beneficial to the team.

Some are already suggesting the Cowboys take a look in this year's draft class to find their next right , or at the very least a swing tackle for 2017. Free is entering the final year of his contract in 2017, and an extension from Dallas is probably not likely. So, right tackle must be addressed in some fashion pretty soon.

Enter Chaz Green.

The Cowboys pick in 2015, Green has seen very limited action in his first two seasons in Dallas. This is due to two things: one, the consistency of the current starting offensive tackles, and two, his own health issues.

Green has been flat-out unable to stay on the field so far in his career, missing most of the with a herniated disc.

While Green's problems are a concern, he actually played well when filling in for All-Pro early in the season. In two games against the and , Green started at left tackle and played better than anyone had seen him play before in Dallas. He had an abysmal start to the against the , but his performance from there on out was stellar.

No, I am not saying that is the next Tyron Smith, and I am not even saying that Green will be better than current starting right tackle Doug Free in 2017. But the team drafted Green within the first three rounds in 2015. That means that he is expected to contribute to the team during his time here, and if he can remain healthy, the plan seems to be to start him at right tackle as soon as 2017, but most likely in 2018.

If Green cannot stay healthy and doesn't pan out for the Cowboys, that 2015 draft begins to look a lot like failure, with pick being suspended for yet another period of time next season.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
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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