Left tackle Doug Free has gone from being a question mark to the Cowboys best offensive lineman and a potential Pro Bowler, according to coach Wade Phillips.
Starting in place of the departed Flozell Adams for the first time, Free has had a baptism by fire to open the season with Bears Pro Bowl end Julius Peppers and Texans Pro Bowl end Mario Williams in two of the first three games.
Free more than held his own. He was downright dominant.
He has allowed no sacks and just one combined tackle in three games.
You saw what Peppers did on Monday night against the Packers. He was a force all over the field. Williams had four sacks in the first two games but nothing against the Cowboys.
Phillips said no Cowboys offensive lineman, not even Pro Bowlers Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis, have graded out better than Free through the first three games.
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