Dallas Cowboys: It’s Do or Die for These 5 Players in 2020

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Do or Die Dallas Cowboys

Connor McGovern, OG

Age: 22

Connor McGovern, the Dallas Cowboys third round pick from 2019, missed his entire rookie season to injury. The former Penn State linemen was supposed to come in and provide competition, or at the least, depth on the interior line last season. It’s not like Dallas needed to use a top-100 pick on an interior linemen, it’s just McGovern was too good to pass up.

It’s his draft stock that drives hope here in 2020. McGovern’s presence is one of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys didn’t panic when Travis Frederick unexpectedly retired this offseason. Connor played some center in college and many expect he’ll be given the shot again in 2020.

In training camp, McGovern will essentially have two opportunities to earn a starting gig. Connor Williams has yet to really establish himself at guard (although I consider him much better than what he’s often credited for) and he’s coming off a knee injury – potentially cracking the door for McGovern.

Center is another spot McGovern has a shot at. Joe Looney is a below average option and Tyler Biadasz is an unproven rookie. Again, the door is cracked for McGovern to earn a starting job.

At 6-foot-5, 308 lbs, Connor has the size to be a legit starter in the NFL. And given the current situation in Dallas the opportunity is there but he can’t afford to wait another season. The Dallas Cowboys are trying to remake their O-line for the future and if Connor misses the chance now he many never get the opportunity.