IRVING, Texas – There’s only one main reason
It has everything to do with the impact one currently injured undrafted player, who didn’t take a single snap last season, will be to the success of the offensive line this year.
The Cowboys have placed a great deal of faith in guard Ron Leary, who spent the majority of his rookie season last year on the Dallas practice squad after going undrafted out of Memphis. It’s with good reason, considering how the line looked when Leary was healthy at left guard during the preseason this year.
The rushing lanes seemed to open up on that side of the line with
Leary’s responsible for all the changes and mixing and matching the Cowboys are doing now, including the move of Free to right guard,
Of course, they expect Leary to come back by the season opener, but they need contingency plans if he can’t return for Week 1. As of now, it doesn’t appear that
That’s a lot of faith and a lot of stock they put in a player who hasn’t started a snap in the NFL, but everything they’ve seen from Leary would indicate that he’s a starting caliber player. All the talk of moving Free inside, moving Parnell to starting right tackle or even moving Frederick to guard will dissipate the moment a healthy Leary can return. The Cowboys hope that can happen before Sept. 8.