It seems as though Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is in the early stages of his prime.
The 25-year-old has been to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons, and is regarded as one of the top linemen in the game. That’s why the Cowboys felt fortunate to lock him up with an eight-year, $109 million contract before the 2014 season.
But the 2011 first-round pick still feels he has room to grow.
“I feel like it’s always room for improvement and everybody tries to be perfect,” Smith said recently at the Cowboys’ annual golf tournament. “I’m trying to do the same thing. I’m trying to perfect my technique and perfect my game.”
Smith is coming off a season in which he allowed five sacks, 22 quarterback pressures and was flagged for 10 penalties (eight accepted). Pro Football Focus ranked Smith as the second-best run blocker and pass blocker in the league.
Asked how he wants to improve, Smith said: “For me, it’s more technique. Cleaning up technique as much as possible because when all else fails, technique is all you rely on.”
Smith said he is excited about the Cowboys adding running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick, and feels the team has “the right type of guys around” to get them back into Super Bowl contention after a disappointing 2015.
“We’re on the right path,” Smith said.
As far as entering his sixth season, Smith shook his head and said: “It goes by quick. You don’t realize it until you start counting down the years. It doesn’t feel like Year 6 at all.”