Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackleTyron Smith
(77) talks to guardRonald Leary
(65) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers in a preseason NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Offensive Line (8)
The offensive tackle play was atrocious on Thursday. John Wetzel looked uncoordinated and over-matched. Darrion Weems looked coordinated but confused. Wetzel isn’t long for this team, plain and simple. Since the Cowboys 3rd round draft pick, Chaz Green, will probably be on the PUP to start the season, Weems is all the Cowboys have as depth.
OT Weems is an exciting player who’s had trouble staying healthy in the past. If healthy, he’s the favorite to lock down the swing tackle role. In Cowboys Camp, no one has come close to supplanting Weems as the swing so the job is likely his.
La’el Collins played better as the game progressed and was fairly impressive later in the game. I still think Ron Leary holds onto the starting guard spot, but Collins will push him and that’s great for the team.
The potential depth at offensive tackle is so strong, rookie Laurence Gibson may be caught on the outside looking in. Starters Tyron Smith and Doug Free are obvious locks, Weems appears to be set as the swing tackle, La’el Collins has been focusing at guard but has the versatility to play RT, and even Chaz Green can be added midseason if needed.
Mackenzy Bernadeau offers excellent depth and versatility to center and both guard spots. Ron Leary, in a contract year, is in a battle with Collins and will be a valuable asset as a starter or as a backup.
Total Offensive Players: 25
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