OT Leonard Davis’ return to is hometown couldn’t have been timed any better. With the recent and unfortunate cutting of OG Marco Rivera, he will fill a large gap in the offensive line for the Cowboys. At 6’6” and 366 lbs., he is quite capable of doing so and well worth the 7 year, $49 million price tag that sealed the deal. As stated, it is very unfortunate about Rivera as who could forget his courageous performance this past year in the playoff game against the Seahawks. After injuring his back early on in the first quarter, so severely he required surgery this off season, he never missed a subsequent down. He will be missed, my hat’s off to you Mr. Rivera and best wishes.
Enter Leonard Davis, the former Cardinal who has already seen a big difference in player morale and expectation. Having been an All-American at the University of Texas, he is more accustomed to the winning tradition than ever came to being in Arizona. He has been quoted as saying there were times he felt his teammates in Arizona didn’t always necessarily put forth their full effort towards that end. Moving back to OG instead of OT is also a big reprieve for the big man as that is the position he excelled at so well in college. But the versatility and athleticism of Mr. Davis is what most impressed the Cowboys’ coaches to the tune of a $16 million signing bonus!
While many have questioned the Cowboys’ O-line of this past season, it seems that a lot of those questions have been answered this off-season. All that remains to be seen is how OT and perennial Pro-bowler Flozell Adams will hold up in what is said to be his last year in Dallas. But even that is not too severe an issue with last year’s draft pick of Jacob Rogers waiting in the wings. I look for QB Tony Romo and RB Julius Jones to have good seasons.