The Dallas Cowboys concluded their offseason work this past week, and outside of the rookie class, the players are off until training camp. The OTAs and veteran minicamp allowed observers to see who has stepped up their game since last season. One of those players was center Tyler Biadasz, who by all accounts is primed to take the starting center role and run with it.
Biadasz had a few specific goals for the 2021 offseason that he noted in his exit interviews from the previous year, one of which was to get more in sync with the man who helps him start each play, Dak Prescott.
The second-year center is doing everything he can to achieve that goal. From attending extra sessions with the quarterbacks and wide outs to help establish that familiarity, to getting the majority of the first team offensive reps, Biadasz is happy with the progress he and Prescott have made.
“We are on the same page.” Biadasz told the media, before exclaiming that he’s focused on becoming the best version of himself possible.
It’s hard for one to become the best version of themselves. They must build healthy habits by sacrificing things they once loved.
“I was a big french toast guy.” Biadasz told USA Today’s Jori Epstein. “It is one of my favorite breakfasts. I don’t eat it anymore.”
Biadasz path to improvement is far more than just giving up some of his favorite meals, as he added that he’s picked up yoga and he’s stretching more, not to mention attending the aforementioned offensive workout sessions to further his connection with Prescott, and much more.
Teammates are starting to take notice of Biadasz’ hard work as well. Just this week left tackle Tyron Smith commented on the growth of the Wisconsin native, stating,
“He’s grown quick. Ever since his first year, he came with a mature attitude. Very high energy, and we love it. You’d think the kid has been playing for four years.”
Right tackle La’el Collins joined in on the praise for the youngster.
“He’s just figured out everything that he needs to know being the center of the offensive line — making the calls. He’s speaking with more confidence. He’s asking the questions that you want a center to ask against certain different things, adjustments, and everything like that, what to do.”
Collins would go on to deliver Biadasz biggest compliment yet when he compared him to recent Cowboys center Travis Frederick.
“He reminds me a lot of Trav [Frederick]. He’s got a lot of Travis in him. He’s great to see because we all know how great Travis was.”
Biadasz even shares the same affinity for cargo shorts as Frederick, something his teammates poked fun at, and one of the many similarities between the two bearded-Wisconsinites.
Frederick was one of the best offensive lineman in Dallas’ history. The former Wisconsin product anchored the Cowboys line for the better part of the last decade before retiring in March of 2020. Some might say it is fitting that Frederick’s retirement ultimately helped paved the path in Dallas for his fellow Badger, Biadasz.
Biadasz now seems to have a firm grasp on the starting center job, but only time will tell if the Cowboys young center will live up to the lofty comparisons that his teammates have placed on him.
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