The window for NFL clubs to franchise tag players started Tuesday, which means all eyes will be in Dak Prescott over the next two weeks. However, Dallas Cowboys fans should be excited about the news regarding two other players who the team missed on offense in 2020: Tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins.
The Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line was in shambles in 2020 as Tyron Smith played two games and La’el Collins missed them all. Right Tackle La’el Collins underwent hip surgery that caused him to miss the entire season while Tyron Smith was ruled out for the year in October and had neck surgery.
Fortunately, NFL Network’s Jane Slater is reporting good news about both of them.
Two other notes I’ll address on @nflnetwork? Health of the offensive line.
I’m told LT Tyron Smith has been a regular in the gym and has been successful in his rehab. RT La’el Collins is already working out with offseason position coach @BigDuke50 #Cowboys
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) February 23, 2021
While there’s a long way to go, it’s great to hear the players’ rehabs are going well this early in the offseason. Offseason workouts are set to begin on April 19th and hopefully, both tackles are ready to go.
Collins, who’s set to turn 28 in July, has a clear path back to starting for the Cowboys. At right tackle, he seems to be the only option for the team. The same cannot be said about Tyron Smith, though.
Smith’s a 30-year-old veteran, which wouldn’t be a concern for many offensive tackles. However, Smith has dealt with plenty of serious injuries throughout his NFL career. And we’re not talking about soft tissue injuries necessarily, but back, neck, and knee injuries.
Smith hasn’t played a full season since 2015, which should concern the Dallas Cowboys as they try to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term deal before March 9th. All of this is made all the more interesting given the Cowboys’ position in the NFL Draft.
With the 10th overall pick, the Cowboys will likely be able to draft Rashawn Slater or even Penei Sewell if they want to. That would mean turning down the opportunity to draft the cornerback they so desperately need, but it would be a wise move in the long-term, especially if they reach a long-term agreement with Dak.
In the meantime, it’s great to hear La’el Collins and Tyron Smith’s rehabs are going well. After such a frustrating 2020 season, Cowboys fans needed the good news.
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