Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said rookie right tackle Tyron Smith has more than lived up to expectations this season as the team’s 9th overall pick.
Not only has he been the Cowboys best rookie but he has also been the team’s best offensive lineman who gets better every week.
He was beaten for two sacks in the first game against Eagles defensive end Jason Babin. But on Saturday he held Babin, who was the league leader in sacks, to none in the 20-7 loss to the Eagles.
"Well I will tell you, Tyron Smith has been everything that we had hoped for when we drafted him," Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM Tuesday morning. "Of course, we drafted him high. He was the No. 1 pick. He sits in there at right tackle. He was challenged here and you might say had his hardest outing against Philadelphia last weekend, but still he's played well. You couldn't go too far past him on our team."
Jones said Smith’s play has given the Cowboys a lot of options, including moving him to left tackle and sending the struggling Doug Free back to right tackle next season.
Jones said they just want to focus on the Giants right now.
"Let's go with what we've got. All that counts is this weekend," Jones said. "And I'm not trying to be coy about it, but we've got a lot of good options, and he gave us those options because he had the year he had."