Free draws support from Phillips

Much of the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys during the summer months focused on left tackle and free safety, the only two positions featuring new starters in 2010.

When it comes to one of the most important positions on the field — that’s Tony Romo’s blind side, in case you’re wondering — Doug Free is first in line for the job. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips heaped praise on Free when asked about his camp thus far.

“Doug has been confident coming in, and I think he has done well,” Phillips told reporters. “His pass protection looks strong, and he is a good run blocker. When he played last year, I thought he was one of our best run blockers when he played the right tackle for Colombo. So I think he is real strong in the run blocking area, which I think is going to show up quite a bit, like it did last year when he played. And pass protection wise; when you’re going up against the guys he is going up against, I think he has done a good job. And I don’t think you can get much better than the guys he is going up against.”

The Cowboys will ultimately find out if Free can handle the job during camp. Hearing the insights of several of the NFL Network analysts — Brian BaldingerWarren Sapp and Daryl Johnston — on the topic, each believes Free is the best option for the job despite the acquisition of Alex Barron.

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