Going into his second NFL season, Tyron Smith knows the Cowboys are counting on him quite a bit.
Smith will move to left tackle after spending his rookie season on the right, trading places with Doug Free, meaning he’ll be charged with protecting Tony Romo’s blind side. It’s a big move, but the early reports out of Valley Ranch have been positive. As for Smith, the 21-year-old sounds like he’s known for some time that he’d eventually make the shift.
“I’ve always prepared for it, switching sides, working on both stances every day,” Smith said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s just all about knowing what’s happening on the other side and knowing what you have to do.”
In 2011, as a 20-year-old rookie and the youngest player in the league, Smith was Dallas’ best lineman, a fact that is reflected by the team’s decision to move the USC product.
“Of course they have high expectations for me,” Smith said of his new job. “I have to do my best not to let my team down.”
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