Predicting the Dallas Cowboys offensive line depth chart for 2020.
The Dallas Cowboys were dealt a serious blow this offseason when starting center Travis Frederick decided to retire. It was a shock to the fans to see him hang it up but apparently the team knew he was kicking around the idea, so they weren’t as taken by surprise.
Frederick was an instant starter for Dallas after being drafted in the first round out of Wisconsin in 2013 and the only time he missed for them was in 2018 when he was out for the entire season battling Guillain-Barré syndrome.
After missing that season, he did return to play all 16 games in 2019 but Frederick wasn’t happy with the results. He said as much in his retirement announcement — citing his inability to play at the level he knows he is capable of.
“I made my return to the field, played well overall, and was selected to the Pro Bowl, but it was a difficult year for me,” Frederick said according to Todd Archer of ESPN. “Each day I faced a struggle: I could no longer perform at my highest level. Playing ‘well’ is not what I expect of myself and is not what my teammates deserve. Because of this, I know my days as a football player are done. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I walk away with my head held high.”
With Frederick now gone, the Cowboys have to figure out what to do in the middle of their line. The good news is, they have several options. They also have the remaining four starters coming back, meaning their offensive line can still be one of the best in the NFL, even though they’ll sorely miss Frederick.
Here we dive into the depth chart and predict who will start, who will be the main reserves, and see who is fighting for a spot in the 2020 NFL season.