Ever since signing them a year ago, Jerry Jones has been high on guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings--this despite the fact that, since arriving in Dallas, both have struggled to stay healthy.
Indeed, as far as we know, Bernadeau and Livings are currently penciled in to begin training camp as the starting guards. But is there a chance that undrafted Memphis product Ronald Leary could make a push up the depth chart and find himself starting in week one?
Leary has made great strides in the past year, and was reportedly impressive in OTAs and mini-camp while seeing time on both the right and left side--he was afforded this opportunity by injuries to Livings and Bernadeau--freed up by a greater knowledge of the system to display his considerable strength. This, along with Livings’ and Bernadeau’s history of injury leads Bryan Broaddus, the scout and DallasCowboys.com writer, to believe that, yes, there’s a chance he could find a starting spot coming out of camp.
“The last thing this organization wants to do is go into the season with questions along the offensive line,” Broaddus writes. “The goal is to find the best five and roll with that group. Ronald Leary has the ability to be one of the best five and when they break camp in California and he will be the starter at one of those guard spots because of his ability. The front office and coaches were very high on Leary when they signed him from Memphis after the 2012 NFL Draft, this is his time to prove them right and my gut tells me, he will.”
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