Dallas Cowboys: The Best Offensive Line in Football Got Better

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Center Travis Frederick
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Center Travis Frederick /

The Dallas Cowboys head into 2018 with the best offensive line in football because they found a way to get even better this offseason.

It’s pretty well known the Dallas Cowboys have had one of, if not the best, offensive lines in the NFL. An injury to Tyron Smith last season derailed their claim, but when healthy, it’s hard to argue against their dominance.  Well, they fixed those depth issues this offseason and are better suited for injuries should they arise again.

If you haven’t watched any film from training camp, you probably missed Travis Fredrick absolutely destroying Brian Price (here is the video). You also probably missed La’el Collins making Taco Charlton look really bad as well (here is this video). Basically, go watch the offense at work in training camp, and you will see an offensive line that looks in mid season form.

Currently the Dallas Cowboys have three first rounders, a second rounder, and arguably a first or second rounder (value-wise) as starters. Travis Fredrick, Tyron Smith, and Zack Martin are all first round draft picks who are some of the best at their positions. Connor Williams was selected in the second round this year, and looks to fit right in. La’el Collins would have been an early round pick had an incident, he had nothing to do with, didn’t hit the press just before the draft. That is a lot of talent in the starters.

In fact even the backups were pretty talented coming out of college. Marcus Martin was a third round pick. Kadeem Edwards, Joe Looney, and Cameron Fleming were all fourth round picks. That makes nine offensive linemen selected in the first four rounds of the draft. Only Damien Mama, Bryce Johnson, and Jake Campos were not selected in the first four rounds (Again, I am considering La’el Collins a first or second round pick).

So what does that mean for the 2018 Dallas Cowboys? Well, it looks like the running game, the revamped passing game, and all of the questions on offense in general will all come down to the offensive line. Barring multiple injuries, this could be one of the best offensive lines ever assembled.

Sure, there are some injury concerns. Tyron Smith went down last year and the Cowboys suffered, badly. The addition of Cameron Fleming should alleviate this issue should Smith go down again. This offensive line should scare just about every team, regardless if one of the starters happens to get injured.

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As this offensive line goes, so shall the Dallas Cowboys. Training camp seems to be showing this line is serious and should be taken serious. The line is built for Ezekiel Elliott to run all over teams. If the passing game can be just good enough to keep defenses honest, this could be a historic season for Elliott. In reality, it would also be a historic season for the big boys up front.

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As the first preseason game approaches, how the offensive line performs, including backups, will be a strong sign on how this offense will run this season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise by the end of camp, the Cowboys go deep at line after the final cuts. With a week into camp, the line looks to improve, and with how good they already look, and this should scare everyone, except Cowboys’ fans.

  • Published on 07/31/2018 at 16:01 PM
  • Last updated at 07/31/2018 at 15:33 PM