Cowboys rookie Tyler Smith credits teammate for his rapid development

Dallas Cowboys coaches say first round draft pick Tyler Smith just keep on getting better.

Smith is the man tasked with protecting backup quarterback Cooper Rush’s blindside. 

And so far, he’s been impressing the coaches. He’s been able to open some running lanes for running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. 

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Smith is filling in for the injured All-Pro Tyrone Smith.

He credits nine-time Pro Bowl teammate Jason Peters for his rapid development.

"He’s helped me progress my game. You know, what I feel like is light years from where I was, not necessarily in anything I’m doing but just my mindset and how I think about the things I’m doing," Smith said. "He’s been doing this so long that, you know, he knows I wouldn’t say shortcuts, but he knows how to explain it in such a way that makes it pretty simple."

The Cowboys take on the Washington Commanders Sunday at noon on FOX 4.

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