Teams around the NFL have been releasing their first depth charts in advance of their first preseason games. I covered the Eagles and Redskins, respectively, here and here. Yesterday, the great Lars of Blogging the Boys covered the Cowboys’ depth chart here, so I think I’ll just be lazy and skip them. Thanks Lars.
However, there was ONE thing that really stood out to me. Here’s the depth chart of just the OL:
|LT||Doug Free||Sam Young||Jose Acuna|
|LG||Kyle Kosier||David Arkin|
|C||Phil Costa||Bill Nagy||Andre Gurode|
|RG||Montrae Holland||Kevin Kowalski|
|RT||Tyron Smith||Jermey Parnell||Pepa Letuli|
Now, obviously, Andre Gurode will be the starter at center, but because he’s a little dinged up, the Cowboys moved him to the back of the line, so Phil Costa is really the 2, and Bill Nagy would be the 3. Also, per camp reports, David Arkin is in a camp battle with Montrae Holland, as both players have gotten reps with the 1’s. For now, since both players are healthy, we’ll assume the Cowboys intend on beginning the season with Holland as the starter.
As is, here is the Cowboys’ depth along the offensive line, a unit that has played in a grand total of 6 NFL games (with Sam Young seemingly only appearing in 2 games on special teams), and has combined for a total of 109 career offensive snaps, all by Costa. My friends, this here is the definition of a complete lack of proven depth:
The Cowboys will be watching the waiver wire as teams around the league trim their rosters to 53 players, but as currently constructed, this is another disaster waiting to happen.