Cowboys anoint Cam Erving as Andy Dalton’s blindside protector

Dave Sturchio
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The Dallas Cowboys are about to start their third left tackle of the 2020 NFL season in just the first seven weeks. With Tyron Smith on IR and his back up Brandon Knight out after arthroscopic knee surgery the team will turn to Cam Erving to jump off the IR and slide into a starting role when the Cowboys visit the Washington Football Team on Sunday afternoon.

According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Erving will get a lot of work in Thursday’s padded practice in preparation to immediately be inserted to a very banged up offensive line.

Erving was signed as a free agent this offseason to be the Cowboys’ swing tackle, replacing Cameron Fleming who the team didn’t exercise their option on. However Erving was beaten out for the job by 2020 UDFA Terence Steele who started for La’el Collins in Week 1. Erving sprained his MCL in that game playing special teams and has been out since.

Washington host the Cowboys this Sunday and have currently logged 16 sacks on defense and face a very vulnerable unit come Week 7. The Cowboys still don’t have a designation for starting right guard Zack Martin as he still sits in concussion protocol after being kneed in the head by his own running back Ezekiel Elliott in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

The offensive line shuffle continues as the Cowboys try to assemble one steady group for the remainder of the 2020 season.