One major question heading into the NFL season is who will be starting at center for the Dallas Cowboys?
It wouldn’t be an NFL offseason if there wasn’t some concern over the state of a team’s offensive line. With the sudden retirement of Travis Frederick, the Cowboys now have a hole in the offense they have to fill. Fortunately, the team has plenty of resources available at their disposal to find the solution to this “problem.” With three options available in Joe Looney, Connor McGovern, and rookie Tyler Biadasz, the coaching staff will have the resources available to make the correct decision.
Before the draft, the team had 2018 starter Joe Looney and 2019 third-round pick Connor McGovern. Of the two, Looney was the only one who had any playing time as McGovern’s rookie campaign never took off due to a torn pectoral muscle injury from early in the offseason. During the draft, the team traded up into the fourth round to grab Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin, who coach Mike McCarthy couldn’t stop praising according to owner Jerry Jones
Each player brings important traits to the table. Joe Looney brings veteran experience and familiarity with the offense; Connor McGovern brings power and good overall athleticism; Tyler Biadasz brings intelligence and good communication ability. (That latter trait is extremely important)
With this being an unusual offseason, the answer to the starting center position might be more definitive than it would have otherwise been, but week one is a long time away. Anything can happen. For that reason, let us assess who is best at some of the most important traits for the center position and guess who might be starting week one.