|A top-10 pick of the Cardinals in 2013, offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper has been a major disappointment.
He has started only 14 games over four years, bouncing from Arizona to New England to Cleveland. He’s on track to start up to 16 in 2017.
Cooper is listed as the starting left guard in the new-look Dallas offensive line, replacing free-agent departure Ron Leary. Cooper joins La'el Collins, who replaces the retired Doug Free at right tackle.
Mainstays Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick holding their spots at left tackle, right guard, and center.
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Snacks lining up against him?
Collins is the RT. Be interesting to see how both those guys do. Changes the chemistry of that OL. If they regress at all they may struggle. That D is thin and relying on Marinelli to keep pulling of miracles
and Philly becomes the primary threat to the division (a Giants-Eagles brawl for it all in the NFCE)
No way they are as dominate in week 1 as they would have been if they kept their oline intact. IT will be harder for them to run. We could take advantage.
#1 on the depth charts is because Chaz Green(who was first on depth chart) hurt himself. Green is supposed to come back in two weeks.
There is still Joe Looney and Byron Bell battling for the spot also.
Dallas still has 4 more preseason games left, so nothing is set in stone and probably won't be till the very end of training camp..
Cooper being listed #1 at this point means very little.
La'el Collins is a definite upgrade from Doug Free but whoever wins their LG spot is a step down from Ron Leary.
Collins was projected as a no. 1 pick at RT, and Cooper still has an upside that might be achieved playing between Smith and Fredrickson.
I am one who thinks the O line might actually be better. Leary and Free provided continuity, but their replacements might be much stronger.
Don't know what to think of the Cowboys. I expect Dak to be significantly better, but they have about five starters to replace on the defense.
The division is markedly better throughout and they have the toughest schedule in the league. I think all the teams in our division have the potential to be very good; the Cowboys with their huge upside are the only team that might fall to mediocre - or, to put it another way, high ceiling / low basement.
He's a complete unknown commodity at RT. That's great he was supposed to be a top pick, Cooper was a top pick and has turned out to be a JAG, Collins hasn't done anything to prove himself through 2 years with the team, and now the team is shoving him out to RT, a position they had no faith in trying him at his first 2 years. If he was a "definite upgrade" over Free he would have been playing RT over Free last year instead of getting outplayed by Leary at left guard.
Isn't a definite upgrade. I think he may even be a downgrade. He should be a Guard in the NFL. Don't think he will be a good RT and I didn't think he looked very good in their first game.
Tyron Smith....the strength of their OL wants to part of OV....OV has had great games against him....and now he is fully healthy.
JPP will also do well......and I suspect Snacks dominates as well.
as Bryant gets shut out by Jack Rabbit.
Keeping him out, they have been resting him. Probably just precautionary but something to keep an eye on. My only concern is 4th starter on DL, hoping they can hold their weight. I think JPP will put on a show vs Collins, Giants just have to do their dirty work vs run to put Dak in predictable passing situations, if Giants do that they win...I think Giants O will fare much better in 2017 vs this "retooled" Dallas D.
...they're a year away. Wentz needs more seasoning and their thin all over the roster.
Dallas will come back to the pack but they're still the primary threat this season for the division.