Dallas Cowboys

OT Darrion Weems still a concern but getting better

Darrion Weems (75) is trying to win the Cowboys’ swing tackle job.
Darrion Weems (75) is trying to win the Cowboys’ swing tackle job. Star-Telegram

Reserve tackle Darrion Weems remains a huge question mark and concern for the Cowboys as they prepare to break camp Friday.

He is being targeted as the third tackle behind starters Tyron Smith and Doug Free, replacing the departed Jermey Parnell, who signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Weems sat out all of last season with a shoulder injury and has never played a down in the NFL in three years in the league.

Considering Free’s injury history, the Cowboys undoubtedly will use a third tackle at some point during the season. Weems has received a full dose in camp, because the team has been cautious with Free and because Smith has been sidelined the first two preseason games with strained biceps.

There has been some good and some bad. But thus far, Weems remains a work in progress.

The Cowboys need to decide if he can be trusted as the third tackle or whether they must sign someone off the waiver wire after final cuts.

This is coach Jason Garrett’s take after 19 practices in training camp: “Getting better. He played a lot in the San Diego game. He played a lot in the San Francisco game. He’s out here. He takes a lot of snaps in practice. Every chance we get, we put him in one on one situations in front of the team, see how he responds. He’s getting better. He’s fighting through it. He’s improved technically. I think his demeanor has improved.”