Cowboys training camp 2021: Connor Williams, Connor McGovern get experimental work to deepen O-line options

It’s no secret players like Dak Prescott and Randy Gregory are the center of attention at Dallas Cowboys training camp, but the literal center of attention is what’s become truly intriguing — as the team shifts offensive interior linemen around to see what might be the best rotation in any given scenario. Connor Williams, currently the starting left guard, has been taking snaps at center while Connor McGovern gets work at left guard, and that’s a spicy hint at what might be to come as the Cowboys also ready Tyler Biadasz to own the role of starter and permanent replacement for retired five-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick.

With Joe Looney long gone and rejoining Jason Garrett for the New York Giants, the Cowboys have to identify depth on the interior and they love what’s coming along in International Pathway prospect Isaac Alarcon, but there’s still polish to be applied there over the next several weeks. Additionally, rookie seventh-round pick Matt Farniok hasn’t hit the ground running and fellow rookie Josh Ball has been a bit uneven as well as he tries to find his NFL legs. All have had their ups and downs, and considering what the Cowboys went through in 2020 when the injury bug devoured their O-line with some fava beans and a nice chianti — having already begun to nibble by way of Mitch Hyatt being placed on season-ending injured reserve — they’d rather not sit on their hands.