By Ben Grimaldi
Two seasons ago, the Dallas Cowboys’ season crumbled, in part, because they didn’t have any real depth along their offensive line. Over the last two seasons, they’ve made a concerted effort to fix those shortcomings and by the looks of things, there is plenty of reason to believe the line can return to the pedestal they were placed upon a few years ago.
When left tackle Tyron Smith missed time in 2017, the offense struggled and quarterback Dak Prescott went through his worst stretch of football after taking eight sacks in a single game against the Atlanta Falcons one Sunday in November.
To ensure that didn’t happen again, the Cowboys went out and signed a couple of offensive linemen to protect themselves against injury. In the 2018 off-season, the team added young veteran Cameron Fleming and journeyman Marcus Martin, while drafting Texas’ Connor Williams to solidify the left guard position. After Martin went down with a season ending injury, Dallas turned to Xavier Su’a-Filo for reinforcements on the interior.
The results were mixed in 2018.
Williams did an admirable job as a rookie, but lacked the strength to help the offense achieve the productivity they desired. When a knee injury forced Williams out of the lineup, Su’a-Filo replaced him and even though he brought some big-boy strength that helped in the run game, the veteran offensive lineman was far from perfect in pass protection. Williams eventually returned to play, but at right guard when All-Pro Zack Martin got dinged...