Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Dallas' Frederick won't move from center
By Brent Sobleski
The Dallas Cowboys continue to dabble with offensive line combinations. It's latest incarnation has Doug Free at right guard, Jermey Parnell at right tackle and Mackenzy Bernadeau at left guard. The two constants have been Tyron Smith at left tackle and first round pick Travis Frederick at center. Frederick can also play guard, but the Cowboys don't expect to experiment with him the rest of the season.
"Frederick is doing so well at center and he's a rookie, we don't want to move him," Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones told Clarence Hill of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
Frederick has received praise for how quickly he's picked up the offense and his full grasp of the position. The Cowboys may have a competent backup center in Phil Costa and Frederick has experience playing guard in college, but Frederick won't be the answer at right guard.
The answer may just be Free as long as Parnell holds up as the strongside tackle. The Cowboys could also revert to an old lineup once Ronald Leary is healthy. Leary can then play at left guard with Bernadeau at right guard and Free at right tackle. Veteran free agent Brian Waters remains an option as well despite the team recently breaking off negotiations.
Todd ArcherWhy the Cowboys are giving Free a look at guard
"The Cowboys hope Leary will return for the opener, but they can't depend on him being ready. And it must be pointed out that he has never played in a regular season game. Livings, who started every game last year, could be on the roster bubble despite a guaranteed $1.7 million base salary. He has not practiced since the early part of training camp and does not appear to be close to practicing just yet.
With the Cowboys moving more to a zone-blocking scheme in the run game, the focus is not so much on moving defenders out of the way, but shielding them and allowing the runners to find lanes. For years it worked in Denver without the strongest of linemen.
Perhaps it could work with Free. Finding out before they play the New York Giants on Sept. 8 makes sense."