There has been a little buzz around Cowboys training camp about the impressive start that offensive tackle Alex Barron is off to. Generally, when speaking about Barron, the word “start” is usually preceded with the word “false”. Part of the reason St. Louis traded the five-year starter (but disappointing former first-round pick) to Dallas was they couldn’t stand Barron’s avalanche of penalties.
The Cowboys, though, have become callous to false starts by their long run with Flozell Adams. Adams’s release created a need for more depth at offensive tackle.
Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News writes, “Barron has shown more strength than some thought while also displaying some excellent athletic ability. He has long arms, which is a must as a left tackle, and he moves well.”
Archer doesn’t mention the choppy footwork that has made Barron inconsistent. Barron is more natural as a left tackle, though he spent the first few years of his career on the right side. His versatility is convenient because, despite the early positive reviews, Barron is not expected to beat out super athletic Doug Free at left tackle. (Free gives the Cowboys excellent mobility in the ground game.)
Free showed enough minor flaws to inspire Dallas to trade for Barron in the first place, so don’t close the door on a competition. But in all likelihood, the Cowboys will use Barron as a swing tackle in2010.
-- Andy Benoit
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