Dallas Cowboys rookie offensive lineman Tyler Smith is having a great start to his career. In the first two games as a left tackle, he has allowed only 3 QB pressures out of 130 snaps (2.3%) and zero sacks.
Despite the uncertainty around the offensive line, even before Tyron Smith’s most recent injury, Smith has fared well at a position most didn’t think he would play at until his second year in the league.
So much so that the addition of Jason Peters has become a if he’s needed rather than a when he’s needed conversation.
Ironic, considering Peters is getting closer and closer to making his debut as a part of the Dallas Cowboys. Undoubtedly will leave a sour taste in Philadelphia Eagles fans mouths.
As far as where he will play? It’s not as black and white as we once thought. As a seasoned veteran, the belief is that Peters would occupy the left tackle spot. An area he knows well.
However, he is taking snaps at a different tackle spot recently.
Jason Peters getting in some work. For this particular drill he had his right hand in the ground. pic.twitter.com/A6nZ88Fgch— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) September 22, 2022
Left tackle? Right tackle? Position versatility is a huge plus. Especially on a make-shift offensive line.
On top of that, he is also getting in work inside. Meaning the Dallas Cowboys are in no rush to move the rookie.
Cowboys practice-squad OL Jason Peters saw some work at left guard during individual period. Shouldn’t be long before he joins active roster. pic.twitter.com/XRYjQt2Riw— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 22, 2022
It seems that the Dallas front office and coaching staff are not kidding when it comes to Tyler Smith. Left tackle is his present and future on the team, and they will take the woes that potentially come along.
However, the Cowboys other perceived weakest links, left guard and right tackle (Matt Farniok and Terence Steele), could be the more likely players on red alert.
While Tyler Smith kicking inside to guard is still a potential possibility, the more likely outcome is Peters filling in elsewhere.
Farniok and Steele are each having decent seasons but are the spots who’s starting position could be in jeopardy. When Peters comes in, only one thing’s for sure:
Tyler Smith’s staying put.
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