Perhaps because the group was so bad a year ago, much of the praise for the improvement of the offensive line has been centered on the interior of the line, and the new faces there: Left guard Ronald Leary, rookie center Travis Frederick and right guard, veteran Brian Waters.
With all that attention being paid to the inside, left tackle Tyron Smith has been quietly putting together a very nice season. And where some casual fans may not have noticed so much, head coach Jason Garrett has.
“I think he’s playing well,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s doing some real positive things. He’s had to block some good rushers. I think he’s developing as a pass protector and a run blocker as well. He’s a guy who’s capable of being strong and physical but also capable of being a guy who plays with some quickness and finesse in the run game where he can get to the second level and do some positive things for us.”
On Sunday night’s telecast of Cowboys-Redskins, NBC’s Cris Collinsworth went out of his way to point out Smith’s development into one of the better left tackles in the NFC, an assessment with which Garrett has to agree.
“The sky is the limit for him,” Garrett said. “He’s a young guy. Talk about a guy who goes about it the right way. He’s got a lot of ability but his best traits are his intangible traits, his work ethic, his mental and physical toughness and I think that’s going to give him a chance to be a heck of a player for a long time.”
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