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58 minutes ago, Rtnldave said:

When was the last time he played 13 games AND was effective?

2019? 

Pretty sure he only allowed 1 sack last year, was rated as a top 10 tackle. He did have multiple penalties but pretty sure we all saw some bogus holding penalties and called them out in the GDT.

@Matts4313 you seem to be the PFF ranking guru. Was he not top 10 last year? or am i mistaken?

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10 hours ago, CAPJ said:

2019? 

Pretty sure he only allowed 1 sack last year, was rated as a top 10 tackle. He did have multiple penalties but pretty sure we all saw some bogus holding penalties and called them out in the GDT.

@Matts4313 you seem to be the PFF ranking guru. Was he not top 10 last year? or am i mistaken?

Looks like he finished 14th among 64 plus OTs in the league last year in pass blocking, while La’el Collins finished 4th overall.
 

Coming in to 2020 PFF had a preseason rank of #7 on Tyron and #19 on Collins. PFF gave the OT duo of Smith and Collins the rank of #2 in the league behind only the Saints.


 

PFF has Tyron Smith and La’el Collins both as top 20 NFL tackles

When you consider that left tackle is generally regarded as the premium of the two tackles and that each team has one, there is a thought that the 32 of them should be the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Obviously it doesn’t work that way.
 

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-ranking-top-25-offensive-tackles-2020-nfl-season

7. TYRON SMITH, DALLAS COWBOYS

Smith is coming off a bit of a down year in 2019 after producing the second-lowest PFF grade (76.6) and the lowest run-block grade (67.0) of his career, but the former mark was still good enough to rank 14th among tackles. He got hurt at the end of Week 4, missed Weeks 5 and 6 and then had sub-60.0 grades in pass protection over the next three games. However, Smithvery much looked like the top-tier pass-blocker we all know to start and close out the year. A fully healthy Smith is one of the stingiest pass-blockers in the league.

19. LA’EL COLLINS, DALLAS COWBOYS

Collins didn’t have high expectations coming into the NFL as a UDFA, and he didn’t seem like he’d ever be a top-25 tackle until his fifth-year breakout in 2019. His 89.4 run-block grade was the third-best at the position, and he posted above-average marks as a pass-blocker. If we see Collins maintain that premier play, he’ll continue to rise up this list in years to come.

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-best-offensive-tackle-duos-ahead-of-2020-season

2. DALLAS COWBOYS: LT TYRON SMITH AND RT LA’EL COLLINS

Injuries have slowed Smith from the breakneck pace he was setting from 2013 to 2016, putting up overall PFF grades of 85.0 or higher in each season and trailing only Joe Thomas in overall grade over that four-year stretch (94.1). Make no mistake about it, though — Smith still stands as one of the better left tackles in the NFL. Since 2017, Smith has earned a top-10 overall grade at the left tackle position among qualifiers and has allowed just four sacks on 1,385 pass-blocking snaps. That mark of 346 pass-blocking snaps per sack allowed sits behind only Trent Williams among left tackles with 500 or more pass-blocking snaps. Taking his injuries into account, that’s not too shabby.

On the other side, Collins’ 2019 campaign qualified as a breakthrough in his career. Prior to this past season, Collins had reached a career-high PFF grade of 72.5 in 2018, but that number jumped all the way up to 86.0 in 2019 — ranking fourth in the entire NFL behind Ramczyk, Lane Johnson and Ronnie Stanley. Though he did improve as a pass protector this past season, raising his pass-blocking grade to a career-high mark of 75.2, it was really in the run game where Collins had the most impact (88.6 run-blocking grade in 2019). On tape, you see more of Collins' defenders on the turf than most offensive linemen, and he does a good job of working up to the second level. It may have taken a few years, but Collins’ talent is starting to result in high-level play at right tackle.

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On 10/30/2020 at 11:32 PM, CAPJ said:

2019? 

Pretty sure he only allowed 1 sack last year, was rated as a top 10 tackle. He did have multiple penalties but pretty sure we all saw some bogus holding penalties and called them out in the GDT.

@Matts4313 you seem to be the PFF ranking guru. Was he not top 10 last year? or am i mistaken?

Huh, what do you know? I guess I'm just getting frustrated always reading how this guy is held out of practice every week. It's like he is fragile or something.

Bottom line, I don't like the idea of a player, any player being held out constantly for fear of aggravating an injury. It's just not something you can count on.

Watch, he's out all year, guaranteed he comes back next year with the same lower back issues, neck pain, etc. After an entire year of no contact.

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