Cowboys still undecided on starter at LG

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The Cowboys are giving former third-round pick Chaz Green every opportunity to win the left guard spot. But Green, who moved from tackle to guard during the offseason to compete for the job, can’t seem to stay healthy.

The Cowboys have not named a starter at the position, though they list Green with the first team on their depth chart.

“We’ll see how we practice this week with [Chaz] Green and [Jonathan] Cooper,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on DFW’s 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “Green has been a little bit off and on relative to his health status. If he’s solid, and we have every reason to think he would be, then he’s probably a little ahead. But Cooper is really in a good position, can play position flex both at center and guard. That will be important to us when we look at our active roster. So I would say let’s look at the week’s work, and it is that close.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday he anticipated Green practicing this week. Green’s latest injury was a sprained ankle.

The Cowboys gave Cooper the most work at the position during training camp and the preseason. But it sounds as if they would like to start Green if he’s healthy.

Green, a third-round pick in 2015, has two career starts, which he made at left tackle last season in place of the injured Tyron Smith.

“Haven’t made any final determinations yet,” Garrett said Monday. “Obviously Jonathan Cooper is a candidate there; Chad Green is a candidate there. We’ll give those guys an opportunity as the week goes on.”

6 responses to “Cowboys still undecided on starter at LG

  1. Dallas is going to badly struggle at LG this season and will struggle off the edge in pass-protection at RT as well, I don’t have any confidence in either Collins, Green or Cooper. Dallas will be drafting another O-Linemen high next year.

  2. Collins looks the part at right tackle. The cowboys see alot of good work from him which is why they extended him now before his first season as starter at right tackle, before he becomes expensive. Left gaurd is a bit more of a question mark. Green looks to have the edge but he can’t stay healthy, plus he would be a better fit as the swing tackle in case anything happens to our tackles. Cooper should be the obvious choice. He has the pedigree from being an early first round pick and it couldn’t be any easier than blocking in between the best left tackle in the NFL and the best center in the NFL

  3. wedemboyztripled says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    Collins looks the part at right tackle. The cowboys see alot of good work from him which is why they extended him now before his first season as starter at right tackle, before he becomes expensive. Left gaurd is a bit more of a question mark. Green looks to have the edge but he can’t stay healthy, plus he would be a better fit as the swing tackle in case anything happens to our tackles. Cooper should be the obvious choice. He has the pedigree from being an early first round pick and it couldn’t be any easier than blocking in between the best left tackle in the NFL and the best center in the NFL
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    I think your official Cowboys issued rose colored glasses that you’re wearing are keeping u from seeing clearly….. Collins has struggled in pass-protection, he has had issue’s with speed/power and rushers athletic rushers who can turn speed to power, as a 1st yr Right-Tackle the odds are high w/ the issue’s he has shown that he really struggles in pass protection this season and the first 3 weeks the Boys face a who’s who murders row of pass rushers , especially in week 2 and week 3 where Collins will have to stop Elite OLB’s Von Miller and Markus Golden off of his side. Both AZ & Denver bring a lot of pressure to, especially AZ and they will overload that right side with top tier rushers, Dak Prescott is very likely to end up his back and get hit an awful lot those first 3 weeks.
    At LG the Cowboys are screwed, You talk about Cooper being good because of his “Pedigree” , who cares about his pedigree Ryan Leaf, Jared Goff and Jamarcus Russell had very good pedigrees as well but were horrible, same as Cooper. Cooper has been an epic draft bust who has been terrible in the NFL and not only that he cannot stay healthy. Cooper sucks in pass protection and is even worse against the run where he gets zero push and is easily over-powered. He will get destroyed at Left-Guard.

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