The Cowboys appear to be overstocked with offensive linemen, and coach Jason Garrett said the five best will start for the team when the season opens Sept. 13 against the Giants.
The locks would seem to include Tyron Smith at left tackle, Travis Frederick at center, Zack Martin at right guard and Collins at either left guard or right tackle. Ron Leary (left guard) and Doug Free (right tackle) would be the candidates to fill whatever spot Collins doesn’t.
Leary hasn’t played poorly necessarily, but is regarded as the weakest player of the group. Free, meanwhile, underwent surgery on his left ankle and isn’t expected to be ready until training camp.
Beyond that, the Cowboys have plenty of depth after drafting Green in the third round and Laurence Gibson in the seventh.
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So does that make the Cowboys more likely to dangle a few linemen as trade bait?
“No,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We’re going to have some great competition. I’m so excited. … We’ve got a chance to really have our depth there. And if we should have done well there, we’ve really got a chance to put together something very special relative to an offensive line.”
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