Ezekiel Elliott confident in his line despite changes

The Cowboys have three All-Pro players in their offensive line. It’s the other two positions that remain as question marks.

For the first time in three years, the Cowboys will have a different look to an offensive line that has earned a reputation as the best in the league. Right tackle Doug Free retired, and left guard La’el Collins, who started only three games last season because of surgery on his right big toe, is moving to right tackle. Chaz Green, who was moved from right tackle, and Emmett Cleary took snaps with the first team at left guard Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the league’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, insists the Cowboys offensive line will live up to expectations.

It always takes a little bit to kind of get in the groove, no matter who’s in there, if it’s the same guys from last year or just new guys,” Elliott said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “We have tremendous talent in our offensive line room. We have five first-rounders in there, potentially. La’el [Collins] could have easily been a first-rounder. [Guard Jonathan] Cooper is a first-rounder.

“We don’t know who’s going to be where, but I know there’s a lot of talent there. Chaz Green played really well last year when he had to step up. Emmett Cleary has been a guy stepping up this offseason. …That’s a group of guys that works so hard that you really don’t worry about them. You know that they’re going to get right because of the high standard of their room.”

All-Pros Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are back in place, which gives the Cowboys comfort in their offensive line.

4 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott confident in his line despite changes

  1. Best OL in NFL last year, but with losses will not be as good this year and will struggle with good D’s…Elliot average with any other line and Prescott a better than average QB, but usually he has all day to throw which in nice, but struggled with rush – Giants last year…. Dallas MVP’s last year was O-line for sure. If edge rushers get through will be long year hang over for Dak…he can scramble but gets frustrated easily and gets sloppy with happy feet.

  2. “Best OL in NFL last year, but with losses will not be as good this year and will struggle with good D’s…Elliot average with any other line and Prescott a better than average QB, but usually he has all day to throw which in nice, but struggled with rush – Giants last year…. Dallas MVP’s last year was O-line for sure. If edge rushers get through will be long year hang over for Dak…he can scramble but gets frustrated easily and gets sloppy with happy feet.”

    Let’s break this down. Leary was a loss, yes, but Free was a turnstile when it came to pass protection. Elliot would be just fine with a less talented line. After the first two games, he got patient and waited for things to develop. If they didn’t, he picked his own hole. He did very well. Dak, happy feet? Did you even watch any games? He scrambled, yes, but always hit all of his check downs, if possible, (sometimes rushers get through, it happens to all lines) before hand. As for edge rushers getting through. If they do, like 99.9% of all QB’s in the league, yes Dak will have trouble. Collins, Cleary and Green should fit in nicely, and the line should be just fine.

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