Who will be the Dallas Cowboys starting center in 2022?

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One of the biggest questions for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason was at the center position. After the 2021 season, fans and analysts seem to believe Tyler Biadasz was not progressing and was an issue in both physicality and mentally (football IQ that the spot surely had to be addressed).

Free Agency came and went, the draft came and went, and it wasn’t until after the draft the Cowboys added two centers with Alec Lindstrom, and James Empey.

Note: Even with JC Tretter still available, the Dallas Cowboys have not shown any interest.

We also know about this time last year the Cowboys were toying with Connor McGovern at center and had rookie Matt Farniok taking pre-season reps. During the season, Zack Martin was making a lot of the blocking scheme calls pre-snap. This leaves the position seemingly wide open for the 2022 season.

So who will start at center for the Dallas Cowboys for the 2022 season and who could find themselves out?

The obvious answers will be Tyler Biadasz who started the last two years for the Cowboys and Matt Farniok a second-year player. Another potential player would be Connor McGovern, although as the 2021 season wore on many felt McGovern wouldn’t make it this year. That gives the Dallas Cowboys three veteran options. But the two rookies could make some noise.

James Empey played for BYU, but has battled ankle injuries the last two seasons. While he has the frame, he has a lot of technique issues. He feels like a guy the Cowboys may stash on the practice squad and give him a full year of rehab and work. Empey is probably the longest shot on the list, but sometimes training camp surprises you.

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The one sleeper option is rookie Alec Lindstrom from Boston College. Lindstrom is a smart player and prior to this last season was thought to be one of the best centers in this year’s draft. Strength might be an issue, but Lindstrom has the ability if he can be taught. While Lindstrom might find his way to a backup spot, he is still a name that will pop up early in the mix.