On Sunday, Montrae Holland did what he struggled to do throughout training camp with Dallas, as injuries and a hungry young class of offensive linemen thwarted his effort to make the team out of camp. Namely, he impressed Dallas’s coaches.
After three seasons with the team, Holland was cut by Dallas back in September, before being re-signed last week following the season-ending injury to Bill Nagy, the rookie who beat Holland out for the starting left guard spot in the preseason. Against the Rams, he got the start and turned more than a few heads.
“He was frankly outstanding,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, per ESPN Dallas. “I’d give him my game ball.”
Between his release following camp and last week, when he was brought back into the fold, Holland shed ten pounds in an effort to become quicker, more athletic and, hopefully, more durable. According to offensive line coach Hudson Houck, the results of this change were evident in Holland’s performance against St. Louis.
“Just looking at him throughout the game, he still was very fresh,” Houck said. “He still had plenty of energy. He was still moving quickly. So I was impressed with the condition that he was in.”
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