As things currently stand, we are about a month away from training camp beginning for the Dallas Cowboys. This month needs to hurry on up.
When practices finally get going out in Oxnard, California, it will be a clear signal that the season is close and the Cowboys will have a chance to erase last year and fulfill the optimism of this offseason.
There are a number of thoughts and opinions that many share when it comes to the Cowboys right now, but there are also some convictions that we each have that don’t exactly have a lot of agreement around them. We discussed some controversial Dallas Cowboys opinions on the latest episode of Jersey Boyz on the Blogging The Boys podcast feed (you can listen right above this paragraph). Remember to subscribe to the Blogging The Boys podcast network on Apple devices (right here) or on Spotify (right here).
Here are a few of controversial Dallas Cowboys opinions with about a month until they can be proven correct or seriously flawed.
We are not talking about Blake Jarwin enough
Do you remember how excited we were to see Blake Jarwin get a shot at being the team’s top tight end this time a year ago? CeeDee Lamb was responsible for a majority of the hype concerning the 2020 Cowboys, but having a downfield threat like Jarwin as opposed to Jason Witten the year prior was going to be a lot of fun to watch.
We did not get to see much of Jarwin in 2020 as he was lost for the season in the Week 1 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Dalton Schultz filled in admirably and will certainly be a part of the picture in 2021, and Jarwin not being 100% ready is certainly a factor, but let us not forget that the Cowboys extended Jarwin last year and clearly value him.
Much of the idea of Jarwin rests in hope, but he is someone whom the Cowboys have believed in for almost four years now. It is time for that to be realized.
Connor Williams getting beat out at left guard wouldn’t be a terrible thing
When it comes to competition, the most important thing is that the best player wins it. It isn’t rocket science to say that you want the best people playing at each and every position.
While Connor Williams was the lone Cowboys offensive lineman to make it through last season, he has struggled to find the footing that those drafted before him made look so easy. He figures to be the team’s starting left guard, but the idea has been talked about online as to whether or not he could be beat out there. That might not be such a bad thing.
We know that left to right (not including left guard) will be Tyron Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins. If we are to assume someone not named Connor Williams is at left guard then that leaves Williams available to serve as the team’s swing tackle.
Dallas signed Ty Nsekhe this offseason to protect themselves at tackle and still have veterans Brandon Knight and Terence Steele along with the recently-drafted Josh Ball. Adding Connor Williams to that depth pool could go a long way, especially knowing how much the depth was tested last year.
The Cowboys don’t need to trade anybody away before the season starts
Since the 2021 NFL Draft there have been no Cowboys players named as possible trade candidates more than Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. While it is certainly fair to have every conversation that presents itself, last year really highlighted just how much of a roster can be tested due to injury.
It is natural to want to trade someone like Vander Esch specifically given that he is in a contract year with the club. Many want to ensure that the team gets something for him which will not necessarily be the case if he leaves in free agency. Still, though, having someone like LVE as depth is a position that a lot of NFL teams would like to be in. The point isn’t to say that the Cowboys are loaded at linebacker, but they have far more depth than they did at last season’s end.