Who should start on the Cowboys’ offense?
At Dallas News, I broke down who I’d start on the Cowboys’ offense in 2013.
Below, I listed the players who I believe should start for the Cowboys’ offense in 2013. Note that this isn’t a projection of any sort, but simply who I believe deserves to be in the lineup. I listed a few more than 11 players because some positions, such as the third receiver or second tight end, can effectively be considered starters.
QB Tony Romo
LT Tyron Smith
LG Nate Livings
Livings wasn’t sensational in 2012—you can see my grade for him—but he wasn’t quite as bad as fans think. He allowed five sacks, but his pressure rate of 1.9 percent was far better than Mackenzy Bernadeau’s 3.2 percent pressure rate. Livings is a below-average NFL starter, but he’s probably one of the Cowboys’ top three interior linemen.
C Travis Frederick
There are questions about whether Frederick should start at center or guard, but I think it makes sense to keep the rookie at the position he played most recently.
RG Ronald Leary
Most people have Bernadeau here, but he was really poor in 2012. In my final review, I gave Bernadeau a “D-“ grade. He was poor in pass protection and running backs averaged only 3.18 YPC when he was at the point-of-attack. I’d also consider Phil Costa at right guard, assuming the coaches think he can hold up there.