Dustin Stanton: Things to Know About the Cowboys Newest Free Agent Guard
The Cowboys signed Dustin Stanton, a free agent guard, a couple weeks ago to compete for a spot along the offensive line. Here are “5 Things to Know” about Stanton:
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Stanton Spent Last Offseason with the Cincinnati Bengals
After going undrafted out of Oregon State, Stanton signed last season as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released after preseason and didn’t catch-on with another team until the Cowboys signed him a couple weeks ago. He spent the 2017 regular season out of football.
Stanton Adds Depth to the O-Line
Stanton was added as a veteran free agent following the NFL Draft. But Stanton has more experience than rookie 2nd round pick Connor Williams as competition at the guard position. Williams will likely get a chance to win the job at first-team left guard.
Stanton will also be competing with veteran guards such as Marcus Martin who was added in free agency earlier this offseason. Dallas also brought back veteran Joe Looney who has been the backup guard/center the past two seasons. Looney was re-signed to a two-year contract in March.
Suddenly the depth chart at “guard” is crowded.
Versatility is key. The Cowboys like players who can play more than one position, so look for Stanton to gets snaps at different spots. When you’re a backup guard, you’ve got to be able to play both the left and right guard positions. And it sure helps if you’re a guy like Looney who can step in at positions like center in a pinch. Stanton played both offensive tackle and guard in college.
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Stanton Has Ties to New Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander
When Stanton was with the Bengals last spring/summer, his position coach was Paul Alexander. Guess who is the new Cowboys’ offensive line coach? Paul Alexander…and Alexander has product knowledge of Stanton.
It’s going to be tough for Stanton to make the final 53-man roster for the Cowboys, but at least he has a leg-up when it comes to familiarity with the new position coach in Dallas.
Football is in Stanton’s DNA
Stanton’s father, Marty, played college football at Eastern Washington University. So, you could say that football is part of the Stanton Family bloodline. Marty raised his family in Washington. Dustin attended high school in Marysville, Washington where he starred in football, basketball and track.
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Stanton Started His College Career at Oregon State as a Tight End
A two-way high school star at tight end and linebacker, when Stanton enrolled at Oregon State University he was a tight end. He moved to offensive line as a redshirt freshman and ended up starting 30 consecutive games, mostly at right tackle (21 starts at RT, 9 at RG). He was a team captain. Stanton also excelled in the classroom where he was a three-time member of the Pac 12’s First-Team All-Academic Team.