All indications point to Tyler Smith as the Dallas Cowboys’ future left tackle – Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones’ recent comments further confirm this idea. This means that Tyron Smith’s recent injury could make Tyron Smith, the current starting left tackle, a hotshot candidate to take over the position of Tyler Smith on Dak Prescott’s blindside.
“Good news is we addressed it in the draft,” Jones said, via The Athletic’s Jon Machota. “From the get go we said [Tyler Smith] is our future LT, the future just might be sooner than later, not unlike Dak [Prescott] (in 2016). He had to step up when Tony [Romo] got hurt. We didn’t go get a veteran QB.”
Tyler Smith has been practicing at the Guard positions this offseason. Tyron Smith, a veteran with the team since 2011, has taken over Prescott’s blindside. He has two First-Team All-Pro bids and eight Pro Bowls in 11 seasons. 2020 was the exception, with Smith only playing in two games.
Tyler Smith is now up with Tyron Smith gone. The rookie still has a painful ankle injury. While most people agree that he will not miss much of the regular season, he did sit out last Friday’s preseason finale as a precaution. It is possible that he will return to practice in a different location.
Jones stated, “[Tackle] was where [he] played in college.” He doesn’t find it strange to be left tackle. Because there are many things that go together, we kept him on his left side. It was more important to work him there than to move him to the right tackle. We’ll see if the left side is as good as the right.
“We haven’t made the final decision about what we’re going to do. But (by) the start of the week, we’ll have made that call.”
Smith’s recovery from a minor injury is not a bad thing, considering Dallas’ regular season starts in just two weeks. Smith believes that he will be back on the field in time for their season opener against Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Smith is right, then there are few things to worry about.