Problems: finding competition for Biadasz

FRISCO, Texas – The main movements are done, for the most part.

Of course, talent acquisition happens 365 days a year, as the Cowboys front office likes to say. But with the 2022 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the roster that’s set to work via OTAs is the one that will open the season in September, with maybe an exception or two.

It’s an interesting thought, as there are several roles within this team that don’t seem set – at least not yet.

Today we are going to take a look at the central position.

What’s the problem: Simple and straightforward, the center position has been one of the team’s weak points over the past two years. In 2020, the combination of center and left guard was a problem and allowed some teams to exploit the midline, especially against oversized defensive tackles. Penalties were a problem across the team, but especially in the middle with Tyler Biadasz scoring for 10, second in attack behind Connor Williams (15). However, there are other problem areas larger than center, but the hope is that the Cowboys can improve there somehow.

Who can fix it: Looks like it’s going to be someone on this list already. Of course, Biadasz will be looked at first, considering he’s the starting starter, having started all 17 games last year and four more as a rookie in 2020. The hope is the Cowboys will continue to develop him as they did it with Terence Steele, who is now a starter at right tackle. If it’s not Biadasz, the Cowboys could look to Matt Farniok and/or Connor McGovern. Now that Tyler Smith has been drafted and will likely take over at left guard, McGovern and Farniok can spend more time taking snaps with the chance to give Biadasz some competition.

External considerations: That’s probably all they are at this point – considerations. One of the best centers out there is JC Tretter, a veteran who played in Cleveland and Green Bay with Mike McCarthy. But he hasn’t signed with any team yet. The Cowboys had a chance to sign the best center in the draft, whoever was on their roster, and opted out of the 24th pick. There was early speculation that Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum would be a good fit, but he was on the board when the Cowboys picked and it never seemed like a serious option. At the post-draft press conference, Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay hinted that Linderbaum wasn’t even the Cowboys’ top-rated center. And then they finished an entire draft without taking one, suggesting they didn’t think any of the rookies were better options than what they already had.

Best guess: Based on what they’ve done and, more importantly, what they haven’t done, the Cowboys will continue to work with Biadasz at center, hoping his third-year development, coupled with the help from Tyler Smith inside, will be good enough. . While it sounds good in theory that Farniok, McGovern and maybe even those two rookie free agent centers – Alec Lindstrom (Boston College) and James Empey (BYU) will get some work, the Cowboys will likely value continuity even more. , which means Biadasz will get as much work as possible with the No. 1 unit and that’s the best guess for a Week 1 starter against the Bucs.

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