On the Dallas Cowboys‘ very first drive of the game, Tony Romo made a noteworthy comment on the CBS broadcast. On third and two, the former Cowboys quarterback praised a unit supposed to be a weakness.

“I was actually more impressed – watching the tape – at the physicalness of this offensive line. They really did get their hands in and pushed basically straight forward,” said Romo. This is a physical offensive line even though they’ve got to improve in the pass game.”

He’s right. Even though this Cowboys unit doesn’t look like the team wanted it to before Tyron Smith’s injury, it has exceeded expectations. One of the underrated reasons why?

Center Tyler Biadasz.

The third-year offensive lineman is having quite a start to the season. So far, he has the fourth-highest run block rate among NFL centers as measured by ESPN. On Sunday, he led the Cowboys’ offensive line in pass-blocking grades by PFF. He allowed zero pressures versus the Bengals.

The former Day 3 draft pick stood out in several plays, including the longest of the day for the Cowboys. On a short “pass” that looked like a designed run to Tony Pollard, Biadasz pulled to the left and hustled to block Bengals cornerback Eli Apple to clear a running lane.

Being the center of the team, Biadasz is key to the Cowboys’ success. The offensive staff can trust him to slide protect to the left and right side in pass pro, providing much-needed relief to a left side that’s got significant question marks, especially with Matt Farniok who has allowed 12 pressures in two games.

Most storylines focus on the first-round rookie Tyler Smith (understandably so), but the other Tyler shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s a huge reason why the Cowboys’ offensive line is looking solid through two games.

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