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Free Embraces Role as Elder Statesman

At 30, Doug Free is the oldest player on a very young offensive line



    Cowboys right tackle Doug Free isn’t an old guy by any means.

    Free is only 30 years old and he won’t turn 31 until next January, but comparative to the rest of the Dallas offensive line, he’s a salty vet. To wit, projected starting right guard Zack Martin, center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith are all 23. Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary, the men who will battle for the left guard spot, are 28 and 25, respectively.

    Being the elder statesman of the young line is a role that Free embraces.  

    “Part of my role is just experience, knowledge, as long as I’ve been here, just try to help them with the little things here and there, what to do here, what to do there,” Free told David Helman of “They’re all great football players so they know the football things, but there’s little things that you don’t learn your first year or first two years, that you learn further on. So I just try to help them along as much as I can to help them keep building and be as strong as they can.”

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