Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive players line up against Washington Redskins defensive players in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Offensive Line Development
The Dallas Cowboys boasted the best offensive line in football last season. They were so good, the Cowboys decided to let DeMarco Murray walk away with nary a fuss. They replaced Murray with the unheralded duo of Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
The offensive line is up to the task, and actually look like they can be even better than before. Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, and Tyron Smith are all so young, they haven’t even come close to their physical primes (usually an older age for offensive linemen). In other words, they may just get better just because they’re older.
Ronald Leary isn’t nearly the pedigree as those three linemates, but he’s still a player on the rise and enters 2015 in a contract year. Doug Free is the only lineman on the downslope of his career, but he’s still a ways away from being considered a liability.
The swing tackle is still a concern, but the interior depth is among the best in the league. The Cowboys stand to improve in 2015 based on natural development alone, add in the work ethic and coaching, and you have a recipe for success in 2015.
Depth behind QB Tony Romo is troubling to say the least, so it’s imperative that the offensive lines communicates well with their blocking assignments.
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