With the release of Leonard Davis becoming official on Thursday, Montrae Holland is, for now at least, the Dallas Cowboys starting right guard. He practiced with the first team in the Cowboys’ opening day of practice yesterday, and unless the team finds help in free agency, the veteran Holland stands to hold a permanent starting role for the Cowboys for the first time since coming over from Denver in 2008.
"Very excited," Holland said Thursday, per ESPN Dallas. "Me and my family have said this has been a dream come true for me to play for the Cowboys and I finally got my opportunity."
Holland grew up in Ore, Texas, rooting for the Cowboys. This offseason, he saw the team draft two offensive linemen in Tyron Smith and David Arkin, and release two more in Davis and Marc Colombo. To be sure, Holland was far from certain that he would return to Dallas for a good portion of this altogether strange past few months.
"I didn't know what to think," Holland said of this offseason. "I kinda waited around to see where I was going to fall and where everybody was going to fall and when they decided to keep me around, I just wanted to do my best for them."
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