The Dallas Cowboys offensive line is sporting a new-look these days, a response to a handful of injuries. Against the Bengals, Dallas trotted out Mackenzy Bernadeau (usually a right guard) at left guard, Doug Free (usually a right tackle) at right guard and Jermey Parnell in Free’s old spot on the right side.
Following the victory over Cincinnati, owner and general manager Jerry Jones was liberal in his praise for the re-worked group, even hinting that this could be the best offensive front in recent memory.
“I think we’re better in the offensive line than any time in the last two or three years,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News.
Jones went on to say that he doubts Free will remain at guard once the regular season opens in two weeks--he’ll probably move back to tackle when Ronald Leary returns--but Free’s debut at guard did draw some praise from teammates.
“Doug does a really good job. He’s such a smart player,” rookie center Travis Frederick said. “He’s been around for so long that he already knows the calls from guard, so he does a really good job of communicating and if he needs help or has a question he’s always going to ask. He’s not one of those guys who won’t ask because he’s too proud or anything like that. He certainly gets it communicated on the line, which is awesome. He’s a great leader out there.”
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