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11) When will Tyler Guyton take over the position of starting quarterback?

(Editor’s note: In the coming weeks before training camp begins, the DallasCowboys.com team aims to answer the top 20 questions facing the team ahead of the 2024 season. Today, the editors continue the series with a look at first-round pick Tyler Guyton.)

11) When will Tyler Guyton take over the position of starting quarterback?

Nick Harris: I think it would be necessary for Guyton to take over in time for Week 1 in Cleveland. If he doesn’t, would the Cowboys rather line up Chuma Edoga or Matt Waletzko against Myles Garrett in the Browns’ stout defense? I think that would be hard to pull off unless one of the two has an impressive training camp and preseason that surprises some people. Guyton’s physical skills are perfect for this type of matchup, but his experience of just 14 starts in college will definitely keep concerns alive until he proves himself on an NFL field.

Mickey Spagnola: Well, the Cowboys are probably hoping to have a starting offensive lineman in place for at least one, if not two, preseason games by the end of training camp. But they’re not going to hand the starting spot to Guyton just like that. He’s going to have to earn it. And some of it will depend on how Chuma Edoga performs on a daily basis during training camp once he puts on the pads. The emphasis is on “once he puts on the pads,” because it’s difficult to evaluate offensive linemen’s play without pads, and that won’t happen until July 30. The best evaluation will likely come on Aug. 8 during the scrimmage against the Rams in Oxnard.

Nick Eatman: First day of training camp. Seriously, he should take over then – ready or not. Let’s not forget that quarterbacks wear red jerseys for a reason – they are not allowed to be hit or touched. What I am saying is, at least it doesn’t hurt your quarterback to try to block Parsons or Tank or even Sam Williams, maybe just the flow of the offense. But he needs to learn the run game. I’ll never forget watching DeMarcus Ware destroy Tyron Smith every day in training camp in 2012. But by the end of the season, Smith was in the Pro Bowl. Guyton may not be the best left tackle on July 24th when we start training camp, but the more reps he gets, the better his chances of being ready to play in Week 1.

Kyle Youmans: Some believe he already has the starting spot locked in. Others believe he won’t as a rookie. I’m somewhere in between. No one can answer that question other than Tyler Guyton himself. He has every chance of earning the starting spot when Dallas returns from training camp and begins preparing for its season opener. Personally, I think he will earn it. However, Mike McCarthy and the offensive staff have a safety net in the form of Chuma Edoga, who allowed three sacks in 420 snaps last season. Because of this, Guyton will need to show some level of consistency throughout training camp to truly back up what some already believe…that he is the starting left tackle for the 2024 Dallas Cowboys.