Stephen Jones: OL is healthy, “as good as we’ve seen” in a long time

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The Cowboys plan to have a healthy Dak Prescott back at quarterback this season and the team thinks they’ll have a healthy set of blockers in front of him as well.

Left tackle Tyron Smith (neck), right tackle La'el Collins (hip), and right guard Zack Martin (calf) were all sidelined by injuries for much or all of the 2020 season, but executive vice president Stephen Jones shared an optimistic view of the future during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

“As good as we’ve seen them in a long time. They’re healthy. They’re over their injuries,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Offensive line play was a strength for the Cowboys in the years leading up to 2020 and a return to form for the three starters would be a plus for the chances of it being one again in 2021.

12 responses to “Stephen Jones: OL is healthy, “as good as we’ve seen” in a long time

  1. Sure they are healthy now but they have shown a tendency to pile up the injuries as the season progresses. Some of their linemen just can’t stay healthy.

  2. They should take slater or sewell if they can’t get putts. No way their “starters ” play a full season.

  3. I don’t doubt him but it seems that once a player gets nicked up, particularly older players, it seems to happen again and early on. If their line can stay healthy and the improve their defense they could possibly do damage in the NFC East. They have the offensive weapons.

  4. Anybody remember the last time Tyron played a full 16 (let alone 17) game season?

    More of the Cowboys long history of the Jones family off/pre season hype machine, only to come crash back to the reality of mediocroty.

  5. Ok Stephen. Smith is now 30 and has a long history of back problems. Martin has a chronic neck condition at a very physical position. Good luck w/ keeping them both healthy.

  6. In a seven year career, Zack Martin has only missed eight games, six of those were in 2020. but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good argument.

  7. Prior to this past season, Collins only missed 1 game due to injury in the previous three seasons.

  8. Younger Jones is following dad into delusion.
    Smith has played 10 years and even though he’s only 30 that’s a lot of mileage. Martin has been great but as they get older injuries do pile up. Rest of the OL is shaky.
    But, by all means trade up and draft Pitts. Dak will run around and pass for 8000 yards and the D will give up 40 points a game.

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