For the rest of the line, there’s work to do across the board.
The Cowboys lost Parker Graham, Jake Jenkins, Travis Cross, Brandon Webb and position coach Joe Wickline. Devin Davis and Brandon Garrett are still recovering from injuries, leaving players such as Zach Crabtree and Zac Veatch looking to impress new line coach Bob Connelly.
“We just don’t have that much depth, especially with two starters that aren’t even out there with us,” Gundy said. “For that reason, when the twos are out there, it’s not easy for a quarterback.”
It’s easy to forget about the kicking game, but Gundy said sophomore kicker Ben Grogan is making noticeable improvements.
Grogan was shaky at best in 2013, making 11 of 18 field goals. Two of those misses were blocked, and Grogan was only 2 of 5 from beyond 40 yards.
After Grogan spent time working with strength coach Rob Glass, Gundy said the kicker is on track to be more reliable next season.
“I know people think, ‘A kicker in the weightroom?’ ” Gundy said. “But we’ve seen a considerable difference with our kickers and our punters after they’ve been with Rob for a year, and I think that’s what we’ve seen with Grogan.”
Gundy said he has questions at every position besides defensive line and receiver, but he also mentioned Grogan as one of the offseason’s biggest improvements. And with inexperience all around, a good kicking game could be crucial for the Cowboys in 2014.