Byron Bell is in the fight for his life. After signing with Dallas in March, the offensive lineman now has to compete with a slew of other linemen for just a few open spots on the roster.
"There are 15 offensive linemen going to training camp with the Cowboys this year and only eight, maybe nine will likely be on the final 53-man roster. Of that group, four are for sure locks, which means there will be 11 players battling for the other four or five positions once the team begins practicing in Oxnard, Calif."
Bell grew up as a Cowboys fan and now will compete to live out his childhood fantasy of suiting up for America's team.
"He was an undrafted free agent out of the University of New Mexico in 2011 and spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, where he started 56 of his 62 games played. His work came primarily at right tackle, although he did line up on the left side during the 2014 campaign."
“I’m back home. This is where I’m from, the East Texas area,” said Bell. “It’s just good to be around my family. I get to see my mom. I’m happy to be here and I’m excited. I grew up a Cowboys fan, so I just want to do whatever I’ve got to do to make this team.”
Bell has never posted a positive season grade according to Pro Football Focus, so this training camp will be an uphill battle.
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