Chaz Green had a forgettable rookie season.
He underwent hip surgery in the off-season, sidelining him during training camp and the first nine weeks last season. Green worked his way back into practice the final five weeks, but has yet to make his NFL debut.
But Green, a third-round pick out of Florida last season, is pushing hard to get there this season and is the odds-on favorite to win the swing tackle job early in training camp. Green had been expected to compete with veteran Charles Brown for the job before Brown retired prior to camp.
“That’s the goal [to win the swing tackle job],” Green said. “I’m out here trying to be the best that I can each and every day and let the chips fall where they may. I’m just trying to go out there and put my best foot forward.”
Green made the most of his opportunities last week when he got first-team reps with left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle Doug Free each having “veterans” days. He then played well in the Blue/ White Scrimmage, evident by executive vice president Stephen Jones pointing him out in particular afterward.
“I noticed Chaz Green the last couple of days really picked up his game when he got a chance to go for Tyron and go for Doug,” Jones said. “You know, those are big deals for those young guys.”
Green is a more natural right tackle, playing that mostly in his time at Florida. He also has experience as a swing tackle, a role he filled early in his college career.
For now, though, Green is focused on making the most of his first professional training camp. He doesn’t have that many fond memories of last season.
“It was difficult,” Green said. “The season felt really, really long. There’s some rough days in there, sitting back watching things, feeling like I was on the outskirts. I’m a hard worker, though, and I’m out here working and think it’s paying off. I’m enjoying it. Playing ball, enjoying it.”
Along with Jones, coach Jason Garrett has been pleased with what he has seen from Green so far.
“There are so many things that you are looking for evaluating a young player,” Garrett said. “One of them is responding to adversity. He goes against good guys in that first group. He’s not going to win all the time. They’re going to have success against him.
“How do you come back? I think over the course of practice, he did a good job doing that.”