ARLINGTON – Mexican Isaac Alarcon wants to stay on the Dallas Cowboys roster and in the next few hours will know if his wish will be fulfilled or if his future lies with another team heading into the 2021 NFL regular season.
“Right now, I’m just thinking about staying with the Cowboys,” Alarcón said at the end of the game in which the Cowboys lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. “I love this team. My goal was never to be in the NFL. This is a blessing for me. Every day I thank God for the opportunity to be here ”.
With nearly three-quarters active in the Hall of Fame Game and at least two quarters each in the last three preseason games, Alarcón received more opportunities than many would have imagined.
Coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of the team have valued the Mexican lineman’s development, including his transformation from tackle to guard, from spring to date.
For the duel against Jacksonville, Alarcón was one of the three captains that the Cowboys sent to the center of the field for the tossing ceremony, however, the real possibilities that the Mexican has to stay with the Cowboys point to the practice squad per second consecutive year with the label of “International Player”, which would help him continue with his development in Dallas for another season, without danger that his place on the roster is in jeopardy, according to Cowboys sources.
McCarthy said in recent days that Alarcón had done everything that was asked of him and that his discipline, work and effort are evident every day since he arrived on the team.
The Mexican performed well. He was consistent not without making obvious mistakes or penalties in the four exhibition games in which he played.
“My coaches and teammates told me that I improved a lot since last season. Right now, I am capable of playing preseason games, ”said Alarcón, a former student at Tec de Monterrey. “I thank God I did not play last season. He didn’t have the mental aspect, to be honest. I improved my knowledge in all aspects of the game ”.
The problem for Alarcon is that the 10 possible spots on the Cowboys’ active player roster for offensive linemen appear to be busy.
The main linemen are four veterans, led by three Pro Bowlers, tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins and guard Zack Martin. Guard Connor Williams, who has been a starter since joining the Cowboys four seasons ago and is also a backup at center, which is owned by second-year player Tyler Biadasz. Then there are tackles Ty Neshke and Terence Steele, the latter who started every game last season as a rookie free agent.
The first backup guard is Connor McGovern, a third-round draft pick from Penn State in 2019. Finally, one or two more places will go to Brandon Knigh, who serves as a tackle and guard and who has also started as a starter in official duels.
If the Cowboys decide to keep 10 linemen, the last spot will be contested between Josh Ball, chosen in the fourth round of the last draft, and Matt Farniok, who can also play center or guard.
For Alarcón it is a very good option to stay as an international player on the practice team. Thus, his place on the team would not be in jeopardy, even if the Cowboys required that spot for a player from another position in an emergency.
“My goal is to make sure I come out with the best 68 players, counting the 53 on the active roster and the 16 on the practice team,” McCarthy said.