Dallas Cowboys make big bet on Terence Steele in 2022
The Dallas Cowboys told us they didn’t draft out of necessity, but they spent a few of their first three selections in the 2022 NFL Draft fill glaring holes on the roster at left guard (soon to be left tackle) and wide receiver.
It would be unfair to expect Tyler Smith and Jalen Tolbert to be Connor Williams and Amari Cooper right away, but if the team as a whole is going to have any sort of lasting success, it may have to be. But that’s a conversation for another day.
There was another position the Cowboys lost a starter in the offseason. Although he wasn’t left on guard, he was elsewhere along the offensive line – at right tackle. Dallas chose to release La’el Collins this offseason (he ended up with the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals as they reshape their offensive line to hopefully win one more game this season), and in the process have created a hole on the right edge of their line. They may have already had the solution in the squad, but the pressure created is there nonetheless.
Dallas Cowboys make awfully big bet on Terence Steele in 2022
Circumstances are a little different with Terence Steele as unlike the other players who filled the starting spots last year, he has already started for the team. Heck, unlike the other players he has has been in the front team.
2022 marks Steele’s third season with the Cowboys and there’s no doubt he’s already provided a massive payback considering he joined the team as a UDFA. His rookie campaign was filled with bumps, but it’s not every season that rookie UDFAs are tasked with starting so many (Steele started 14 games as a rookie).
It was very clear the Cowboys were ready to move on from La’el Collins, and while they had their reasons, he was a good player for them last year when he adapted.
PFF ratings for last season have Collins ahead of Steele in both pass blocking (74.3-60.9) and rush blocking (89.7-67.8). While it’s partly logical to feel good about Steele’s future with the Cowboys, it’s hard to imagine him being the player Collins was at this point.
Mike McCarthy has overseen teams that have made their way with later drafted linemen and Steele certainly fits that mold. The Cowboys have chosen to make this move and it is one of many bets they plan to cash in throughout this season, and if they are not able to do so many other things could fall. at the water.
We discussed the state of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line as a whole in the latest episode of our Training Camp Preview series on the Blogging The Boys YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our channel (what you can do here) so you don’t miss any of our videos!