The interior offensive line was a major problem for the Cowboys last year, which is why they didn’t bring either Montrae Holland or Kyle Kosier back. Those were their two starting guards and they’re both still available on the open market, which shows just how bad things were. The Cowboys thought they had fixed things when they signed Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, even though Livings struggled mightily as a starter in Cincinnati last year and Bernadeau was a career backup in Carolina after going in the 7th round in 2008.
That “plan” had a roadblock when Bernadeau needed hip surgery, which opened things up for competition. Bernadeau is expected to be ready to go week 1, but he’s no sure thing to start anymore even though they gave him a starting caliber contract. 2011 4th round pick David Arkin and even undrafted free agent Ronald Leary could win the starting job.
While Arkin is reportedly improved off a rookie year where he barely played, Leary was the one who started for the Cowboys in minicamp. Even though the Cowboys had a 3rd round grade on Leary heading into the draft, the fact that they’re even having to consider starting an undrafted rookie on the offensive line just shows how bad the situation is. Last year, they started Bill Nagy, a 7th round pick rookie, at center, before benching him for Phil Costa, who wasn’t much better. Costa will start at center again this year. Their interior trio might be the worst in the NFL.