Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith had a troublesome time with injuries last season. Aside from his problematic back, he also suffered a groin injury which saw him miss three games. However, Smith claims to be in the “best shape” he’s been in some time this offseason.

“I'm feeling great now,” Smith said per the team's official website. “Actually, I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in a while. I've taken this offseason to get back into it a little early and try to take care of my body a little more. I'm just doing the little small [rehab] things and I just feel awesome right now.”

Smith credits a trip to California, which he went on to get an earlier headstart on his rehab, as a significant factor in how great he’s been feeling.

“I went to California and went to a facility out there and starting training and rehabbing a little early,” Smith said. “We just worked on the little things like stretching and taking pressure off my back and opening up my hips a little bit. It's just little things but I'm feeling great.”

Smith’s health is obviously a big deal for the Cowboys. The 27-year-old is one of the very best left tackles in the league when he’s functioning close to 100 percent. He wasn’t doing so last season, which contributed in the usually terrific Cowboys offensive line suffering a bit of a dip in performance. Dallas also gave up a whopping 12 total sacks in back-to-back games Smith missed in November.

While Smith is feeling much better during the offseason, it remains to be seen whether his body can hold up to the physical punishment over the course of the long NFL season. If it does, though, the Cowboys will definitely be much better for it.