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Holland Acquired to Help Guard Romo

Questions have risen about the left tackle position after Kyle Kosier went down with a hairline fracture in his right foot. The Cowboys front office has offered an answer: Montrae Holland. Holland has been acquired from the Denver Broncos for a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft.

The reason Denver was so willing to give up this starter from last year is a weight issue. Montrae reported to Broncos camp at 334 lbs. That was 9 lbs more than his assigned weight. As has been a theme in Dallas, this is the perfect place to offer a second chance to this former Bronco and Saint. If Montrae Holland earns a starting spot, every lineman on the Cowboys offensive line will be over 300 lbs. Kyle Kosier was the runt of the litter tipping the scales at a measly 294 lbs.

In the 2008 season Holland started every game at left guard. This is a good thing because this position is crucial to the right-handed Romo. The left guard is the first line of defense from attacking lineman and blitzing linebackers with the QB facing the opposite side. James Marten is the next Cowboy on the depth chart, but look for Holland to leapfrog the current Cowboys and hold down Kosier until his return.

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