The Dallas Cowboys must replace two pieces on the best offensive line from 2016. Right tackle Doug Free retired and left guard Ronald Leary left in free agency.
La’el Collins was slated to return to his guard spot, but with offseason workouts in their early stages, the third-year pro is getting a run at right tackle.
“I’ve talked to Coach [Jason Garrett] about it, and he just told me that going into it, that’s where he wants me to be,” Collins said Sunday, via the team’s official website. “He wants me to give it my all and we’ll see where it goes. So that’s what we’re going to do.”
Collins played tackle during his college career at LSU. Giving the 23-year-old a shot to swipe the right tackle gig is a sign the team wasn’t comfortable with Chaz Green taking over the role.
“I actually forgot how good it felt to be out on the edge — to be out there on that island,” Collins said. “Right now, we’re not doing too much, we’re just kind of working plays against air and that’s about it. But it feels good.”
If Collins starts the season at tackle, it opens the door for perennially disappointing former first-round pick Jonathan Cooper to earn the guard spot.
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Romo appeared Wednesday before the Texas House, which halted work so lawmakers could take photos with him. Romo was also appearing before the state Senate.
State Rep. Richard Raymond, a Laredo Democrat, wore a Romo jersey and state Rep. Jeff Leach, a Plano Republican, donned a Cowboys helmet.
Romo recently retired to become a CBS game analyst, and Raymond says he thinks Romo will be better TV commentator than any ex-player — even fellow ex-Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman.
Romo was born in California, grew up in Wisconsin and played college football in Illinois. He played for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2016.
1. Tom Brady came in the No. 3 slot, sandwiched between Cowboys after leading the list at the end of the third quarter. Brady lost a lead in the fourth quarter? Balderdash. We need a recount.
2. While Zeke led the overall list, Dak was first in jersey sales. Elliott made his hay with other cheap jerseys products, including leading the NFL in figurine sales — with more than 10,000 sold. It’s good to know people still buy figurines. (Note: There was no word on whether these figurines were actually of Elliott shoveling cereal into his mouth.)
3. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz landed No. 7 overall, ahead of the likes of Aaron Rodgers (No. 8), Rob Gronkowski (No. 9) and Cam Newton (No. 10). Better still was that Wentz moved the most bobbleheads, per the NFLPA. Every Philly home needs a Wentz bobblehead. It should be a city ordinance.
4. Positional breakdown: 19 QBs, 17 WRs, nine defensive players, three running backs and two tight ends (Gronk and Jason Witten, of course). It’s impressive Witten can still move merch.
5. J.J. Watt was the highest defensive player on the list, coming in at No. 13, despite playing just three games. Who wants to bet females between the ages of 14-41 spent the most money on Watt merchandise? Can we get this breakdown, NFLPA?
6. Tony Romo only played briefly in one regular-season game, but the now-retired quarterback landed 15th on the list, just ahead of Raiders stars Derek Carr and Khalil Mack. The power of THE Star wholesale jerseys.
7. I’m guessing when the Los Angeles Rams traded the farm for Jared Goff, they didn’t expect him to sell less merchandise than Kirk Cousins. Goff landed 40th on the list while the Redskins QB came in 39th.
8. You know who else sold more stuff than Goff? Eight-year San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who came in at No. 36. Good for the veteran who missed 12 games for staying more relevant than the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.
9. Also good for Teddy Bridgewater, who landed at No. 35. After a horrific knee injury that could end his career as a Viking, at least plenty of Minnesota fans will have something by which to remember the QB.
10. One final note on Brady: The Pats QB was tops in player-identified kids tees and jerseys. Every baby needs a Tom Brady jersey. Every. Baby.