A week ago in Philadelphia the Dallas Cowboys were missing their second-round rookie left guard Connor Williams. In his absence they started NFL veteran Xavier Su’a-Filo who played admirably.
Williams had a knee scope so the time that he would ultimately miss was a bit unknown. On top of that his play has been inconsistent so far this season and when Su’a-Filo excelled against the Eagles conversations began about who should start once both became healthy.
According to a report from ESPN’s Todd Archer the Cowboys are going to have Williams available on Sunday in Atlanta. Despite his availability they are apparently going to start Su’a-Filo next to Tyron Smith.
Even though Connor Williams will be available today against Atlanta after missing a game because of knee surgery, Xavier Su'a-Filo will start at left guard. Su'a-Filo played well last week at Philadelphia.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 18, 2018
There’s something mysterious about the Cowboys in Atlanta and left guards being a discussion. A year ago Chaz Green started at left tackle for them on the road against the Falcons despite the fact that Dallas had tried to force him to be their starting left guard over the course of the season leading up to that game. The entire experiment failed in epic fashion.
This time the Cowboys aren’t messing around as they’re going with what many believe is the more capable player at this point in time. Where Williams has struggled has seemingly been an issue of his being a rookie, Su’a-Filo has NFL experience which could be why things seemed to gel all the more in Philly.
It looks like the job is Xavier Su’a-Filo’s to lose at this point. If he plays anything like he did against the Eagles in Atlanta then things certainly look like they’re trending upward along the offensive line as a whole. Hopefully that’s the case as we’re all still relatively scarred from a year ago.