The Dallas Cowboys are dealing with a slew of injuries that are making their plans rather complicated. This is never ideal, but when you factor in that it’s only Week 2, it is a bit more difficult to process than usual.
On Saturday, the Cowboys placed yet another player, cornerback Anthony Brown, on injured reserve. Browns joined the likes of La’el Collins, Sean Lee, Ventell Bryant, Leighton Vander Esch, and Cam Erving. Two of those are offensive linemen, both of them tackles. With Tyron Smith’s status up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, it is not difficult to see how the Cowboys are suddenly in need of some drastic help.
The Cowboys are hosting Ron Leary in for a visit
While the holes seem to be at tackle, the Cowboys could field some different combinations of offensive linemen, although you don’t want to tinker too much for just a momentary thing.
Dallas entered the season with safety regarded as their biggest point of weakness. They partly addressed this issue by signing someone, Brandon Carr, who last played for their team in 2016, and it seems like they might try that approach along the offensive line. They are hosting Ron Leary for a visit according to NFL Network.
The #Cowboys are hosting FA OL Ronald Leary on a visit, per the wire, and he’s been in COVID-19 testing for two days. A possible addition to their line.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2020
Ron Leary played for the Cowboys from 2012 through 2016, his spot as the team’s left guard became debatable when Dallas landed La’el Collins after the 2015 NFL Draft (Collins obviously plays tackle now). While a reunion would certainly be fun, it certainly makes one wonder why the Cowboys would entertain the idea of another guard as opposed to a tackle where they clearly have a bigger need.
The logical assumption to make is that the Cowboys could theoretically play Leary at his old spot of left guard and move the current starter there, Connor Williams, outside to tackle (many people thought Williams was the right tackle of the future until Collins signed his extension last year). A move of that intricacy would likely not be made unless there was thought that it would be for a significant amount of time, it wouldn’t make sense to go through all of that for just a few weeks.
As far as guard is concerned, the Cowboys have their starters in Williams and Zack Martin, plus Connor McGovern waiting in the wings (rookie Tyler Biadasz also has some guard flexibility). They are clearly fine at that particular spot, but they are hosting Leary nonetheless.
What do you think is up here?