Dallas Cowboys Mailbag: Doug Free, Alan Ball, Cowboys’ Draft

April 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Q:  Who do you think will be the Cowboys’ opening day starters at left tackle and free safety?  We didn’t really cut Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin for Doug Free and Alan Ball, did we?
Ryan Warren, Washington, D.C.
A: If pressed to answer today, we would say the Cowboys’ opening day left tackle starter will be Doug Free, but the starting free safety is not yet on the roster. The Cowboys apparently love what they have in Free and are unconcerned about his transition to left tackle.  He is extremely athletic and should at least be an upgrade in pass protection (we gave Adams a ‘D+’ in pass protection in 2009 ).
At safety, we simply cannot see the team starting either Alan Ball or Michael Hamlin.  Ball played decent last season against the pass, but was atrocious against the run (we gave him a ‘C+’ overall grade ).  The organization really likes the potential of the “new Hamlin,” but he i...

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