Those with concerns over Doug Free taking over for Flozell Adams' at left tackle in 2010 can take some modicum of solace in that the lightly-tested Free will rarely, if ever, go against anyone better than DeMarcus Ware--the All-Pro outside linebacker who now does regular battle with Free in practice.
What's more, Ware is encouraged by what he sees out of the young tackle. Speaking recently on ESPN Radio 103.3's "Galloway and Company," Ware said that the team is confident in Free, who flourished in place of the injured Marc Colombo on the right side last season.
"You know what, I went against Doug Free all throughout OTAs and the little minicamp we had and he’s a really great player," Ware said, per the Dallas Morning News. "He played about four or five games last year when [Marc] Colombo went down. He played a little bit when Flozell [Adams] went down so he had a little bit of the game time experience.
"It’s just going to take him getting used to playing 16 games cause right now he’s penciled in as a starter and going him in the OTAs, I was really confident in what he was doing against me and just in general, he’s been playing really well."
Ware remains friends with Adams, who was released in April, but sees Free as a more than able replacement for the Pro Bowler.
"Flozell, when I first came in, he took me up under his wing, so he’s a good friend of mine so you know exactly how I feel about that situation," he said. "But, it’s a business and being at left tackle, you got to be able to protect Romo and I think we still have the best guy to do the job. ... [Free]'s going to do a great job."