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News: SAEN: Pro Bowl hopeful Smith ‘as good as any tackle in the league,’ Garrett says

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    IRVING – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett believes Tyron Smith is as “good as any tackle in the league.”

    With the 2013 Pro Bowl team set to be announced by the league Friday night, it’s a big day for Smith, one of the few Cowboys with a shot at making the elite squad.

    “I haven’t gone team by team and evaluated everybody, but we think he is an outstanding player,” Garrett said of Smith. “He’s done a really good job for us. He’s a heck of a run blocker, he’s a heck of a pass protector and he plays a really important position. We are really fortunate to have him.”

    The Cowboys drafted Smith ninth overall out of Southern Cal in 2011. After playing right tackle as a rookie, he slid over to the left side to protect Tony Romo’s blindside in 2012.

    “We felt great about him since minute one when he showed up on campus,” Garrett said. “He’s a heck of a player and he’s going to be for a long, long time.”

    Garrett said one of the best things about Smith is his desire to improve daily.

    “He has a lot of ability, there is no question about that,” Garrett said. “But so much of it has to do with his approach and the kind of young man he is. He’s physically tough. He’s mentally tough. He wants to be good. He wants to be great. We coach him really hard. He responds to it the right way. He always has a really good guy that he has to block every week. Every week, that guy over there is really good. And he accepts those challenges and loves it and embraces it, and plays really well for us. His demeanor is infectious across our team.”

    The other player with a solid chance to make the Pro Bowl is wide receiver Dez Bryant, who leads the team with 85 receptions for 1,134 yards and 12 TDs.

    Tight end Jason Witten and defensive end DeMarcus Ware are in danger of having their lengthy Pro Bowl streaks snapped.

    With a career-high 6.0 sacks entering Sunday night’s season-finale against Philadelphia, Ware almost certainly won’t be included. Ware has made the last seven Pro Bowls.

    With 61 catches for 716 yards and eight TDs, Witten has a better shot than Ware. Witten has made the last eight Pro Bowls.

    Players are elected in a vote by fans, coaches and other players. The NFL is trying a new Pro Bowl format this year with the sides being formed by a draft in January rather than by forming the teams by conference.

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