Top Position Battles: Left Tackle

While training camp is going on, we here at Cowboysgab.com are going to bring you some of the “Top Position Battles” on the team. Today we are going to highlight the left tackle battles.

When Flozell Adams was released back in the spring, many thought that the position would be given to T Doug Free who played very well for the injured Marc Colombo at right tackle last year. Free was given an opportunity and it is fair to say that he shined in that role. Many fans and media members will point out that when Adams went down in the playoff game against the Vikings, Free came into replace him and got torn apart. While the last taste in our mouths might have been a bit sour, expect Free to come in and try to establish the form he had when playing on the right side.

The Cowboys made a somewhat surprise trade at the beginning of May when they sent former 1st round pick Bobby Carpenter to St. Louis for their former 1st rounder T Alex Barron. With the arrival of Barron, questions began immediately over the faith the Cowboys had in Free. It no longer appeared that the position was guaranteed to go to Free. The pair rotated through the first team during mini-camps. During camp, however, Free has been exclusively with the 1st team and Barron with the 2nd.

Breaking It Down

Doug Free: Free has the great raw skills and power. He needs to work on his footwork which was exposed against the Vikings. When he has poor footwork, he has little quickness and can get beat around the corner. Has had a solid beginning to camp and the coaching staff is liking what they have seen so far.

Alex Barron: The former first rounder is a big, physical, Adams-type tackle. He has good footwork and strong arms and hands. He is tough to beat around the corner and has all the tools. Where Barron falters is in his head. He has a tendency to take stupid penalties and can get lazy on plays. He has been lighting in up in camp so far working against the first team defence. He has been battling the likes of Ware and Spencer and has done extremely well. Phillips has particularly been impressed. Might challenge Free for the position, if not, the Cowboys are hopeful he will be the swing tackle for both sides.

Robert Brewster: Brewster is trying to start over. After suffering a torn pectoral in the weight room last training camp, Brewster missed his entire rookie season. Over the year last year he was able to learn the plays and offence and is hoping that the mental part is solid. Brewster is huge. He has all the physical tools and is very strong. Needs to be versatile to make the club. He will be a future prospect for the club.


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