The Cowboys will have a different look on their offensive line in 2022. Tackle La’el Collins and guard Connor Williams, two starters, are no longer on the roster, which calls into question how good the unit will be going forward.

Don’t tell that to ESPN. Friday, when they released their list of the best units on all 32 teams, the offensive line of the Cowboys was named.

“While the offensive line is not as strong as it has been with the defections of La’el Collins and Connor Williams, the Cowboys don’t have another position group with a 1-2 like Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. 

“First-round pick Tyler Smith should slot in nicely at left guard for the short term, Terence Steele was much-improved at right tackle last year while covering for Collins and Tyler Biadasz is still young with room to grow. Connor McGovern is solid interior depth and could functionally be the backup for all five positions with Smith stepping in at tackle if need be.”

This is an intriguing choice for a few reasons. Tyler Smith has been progressing nicely from all the reports. However, he still hasn’t taken a snap in a real game, and that’s when the Cowboys will truly see what he brings to the table.

Biadasz is entering his third season with the Cowboys. His play has been up and down so far. However, when he was seen attending a summit in Frisco, Texas with over 200 offensive linemen from the college and NFL ranks getting tips from Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen, it shows he wants to improve, which is the first step.

This distinction could have gone to the safety or maybe the wide receiver spot for the Cowboys. However, the Cowboys do have two dominant players and a solid starter on their offensive line which does mean if Smith and Biadasz play well the unit could be very serviceable or better.

And the Cowboys offense is going the offensive line to be at least average. Because if not, it will certainly derail whatever plan the staff comes up with.

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