When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in 2013, it seemed like the team would not have to worry about having an offensive center for a long, long time. However, things changed when Frederick retired after playing only six seasons in the NFL, five of which he finished as a Pro Bowler and once as a first-team All-Pro.
What once was one of the best positions for the Cowboys is now the biggest question mark on offense. Tyler Biadasz – in his second year in the league – will be the man in charge of getting the ball to Dak Prescott’s hands every single snap.
Biadasz started four games for the Cowboys last year, playing in 37% of the team’s offensive snaps. He took over the offense after veteran Joe Looney suffered an injury early in the season.
Although his play as a rookie was far from perfect, Biadasz shined while having to deal with an offensive line that was barely holding it together. Even when Joe Looney came back healthy, Biadasz remained the Cowboys starter before suffering an injury himself, forcing the Cowboys to send Looney back in.
One could argue that once Tyler Biadasz was healthy and ready to play again late in the season, he should’ve taken over again. After all, he was playing better than Looney before a hamstring issue came up. Not to mention, with the season virtually over, it would’ve been smart to give the rookie more playing time as you developed him to be the future’s full-time starter.
However, the Dallas Cowboys were seemingly done with making changes to the offensive line. The team had gone through just about every combination imaginable as they dealt with injuries to starters and backups alike.
Having said that, next season it will be all Tyler Biadasz.
The Cowboys didn’t re-sign Joe Looney and didn’t bring in any additional competition to the roster. Matt Farniok, the team’s seventh-round draft pick was brought in to compete for a roster spot, not to compete against Biadasz.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, his teammates have raved about the second-year offensive center out of Wisconsin during the offseason.
La’el Collins even compared him to Travis Frederick himself, per Brianna Dix:
“(BIadasz) is speaking with more confidence. He’s asking the questions that you want a center to ask against certain different things, adjustments, and everything like that, what to do. And, so, it’s funny, man. He reminds me a lot of a little bit of Trav [Frederick]. He’s got a lot of Travis in him. He’s great to see because we all know how great Travis was.”
For an offense that’s expected to have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL and Dak Prescott back, Tyler Biadasz remains the biggest unknown on the Dallas Cowboys.
And you know, if John Fassel ever needs someone to step in for an injured kicker… Biadasz will give him his A effort.
Mike McCarthy had some fun with the team during minicamp today. Had center Tyler Biadasz kick field goals. Made it from around 25 yards but missed from 45. He didn’t have anyone playing defense on the first, Tarell Basham came after the second. Biadasz kicked off in high school. pic.twitter.com/bZqrfDyubC— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 9, 2021
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