Last week, La’el Collins was a right tackle. This week, he’s a left guard.
“Last week I worked majority right tackle,” Collins said. “This week I’m working at left guard. Pretty much wherever my coach needs me on that day. Verstality is definitely there, and I look forward to it.”
Collins, a first-round prospect who fell out of the draft and into the Cowboys’ lap as an undrafted free agent, played only the left side during his LSU career. He played 13 games at left guard and 26 at left tackle in college.
He spent last week at right tackle, getting reps with Darrion Weems while Doug Free continues to rehab from off-season ankle surgery. This week, he is back home on the left side.
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Collins split reps with left guard Ron Leary during Wednesday’s OTA.
“Being in the left-handed stance is second nature to me, so it’s easy to flip to the left-hand side,” Collins said.
Collins’ short-term future could be at left guard, competing with Leary for the starting job. His long-term future could be as Free’s eventual replacement at right tackle.
“He’s done a good job,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s played both tackle and guard for us, like we had talked about coming out. He’s done some good things at tackle; he’s done some good things at guard. He’s learning. He’s a young player, and he’s four practices into his NFL career. He hasn’t done a whole lot, and we do a lot in terms of installation every week. He’s going to see a lot of different looks from the defense, so he, like a lot of young guys, they’re trying their best to hang in there. But they’re a long way off from where they need to be. He’s working the right way, though.”
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