Dallas Cowboys football is back.
The team held its first practice on Wednesday and although it was a “light” session, fans got a quick initial answer for one of the most pressing questions heading into camp.
Who’s starting at left guard the first day in Oxnard? Well, the answer isn’t the sexiest one, but it probably is what you would’ve expected.
Connor McGovern got the very first of snaps before Tyler Smith rotated in. That’s right, both are getting the first-team reps.
Cowboys’ Connor McGovern saw the opening first-team reps at left guard in team period before rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith (No. 73) rotated in. Smith the favorite for job. pic.twitter.com/7Bu0RvPJAX— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 27, 2022
Tyler Smith, the Cowboys’ first-round rookie, is the clear favorite for the job. Dallas has essentially handed him the starting role since the moment they drafted him, but asking a rookie to “win” the job is common practice in the NFL.
McGovern had his own shot at the job last season when the Cowboys benched Connor Williams in the middle of the season. It didn’t take long for Dallas to realize that had been a mistake.
This is only day 1, but left guard is one of the top storylines to watch this summer. More than a battle between two NFL players, it’s likely to be more about Tyler Smith’s own development.
The Tulsa product was seen by many as one of the nastiest, most explosive tackles of the 2021 Draft class.
But for him to succeed in the pros, it will all be about how quickly he can clean up his fundamentals while adapting to a position he hasn’t played since high school.
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