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News: ESPND: Phil Costa could start at guard

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by viman96, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- If there was just one good thing that came out of Thursday's preseason opener against Denver for the Dallas Cowboys, it was the play of center Phil Costa.

    While backing the injured Andre Gurode, who returned to practice Saturday, Costa made a case for more playing time. He can play both guard positions and most likely will get a shot at starting as the left guard alongside left tackle Doug Free.

    Jerry Jones said he expects to see Costa play now.

    Rest of story
  2. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    The article does not mention Arkin. I thought he (Arkin) played well and the reports have been positive.
  3. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    I did too. I thought he played at least as well, if not better than Costa....particularly on the first series.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Costa's short arms do not hurt him as much at center as they would at guard; he had trouble last year when he was at guard. Now he is very strong; which is Arkin's one weakness. But then again this is BSPN so take it with a grain of salt.
  5. The Realist

    The Realist Well-Known Member

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    Free Arkin Costa Nagy Tyron

    That's what I'm hoping for after Gurode and Kosier ride off into the sunset.

    It would be huge for our drafts and cap if we don't have to draft any more OL 1-3 in the next 3-5 years.
  6. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member

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    That would be nice.

    As I posted elsewhere, Costa's performance kind of went unnoticed. He moves well and provides a nice punch. Why play him anywhere but center, though?
  7. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    I think they are saying this more due to a veteren starting. We already have a rookie in Smith starting. And then comes time for real game action to where they actually game plan defensive schemes. and we have 2 rookies starting. So maybe Costa gets the start and Arkin takes over when he is ready. Maybe mid season or so. If it does not happen by gamr 10 to 12, then I would expect Costa stays in.

    Just my early preseason thoughts from game 1 and radio / news pundits.
  8. Manwiththeplan

    Manwiththeplan Well-Known Member

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    I hope not. It would be nive if we hit on all 3 interior guys but it;s such a long shot it just seems like a disaster. IMO, I'll be happy if Costa and Nagy can just provide depth.
  9. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member

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    You really hope we don't get three OL starters out of the last draft? That's, uh, well, I guess everyone has an opinion.

  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    considering how horrendous we have been at drafting O line for the last 15 years, I think its more a case of total disbelief that we suddenly hit the lottery.
  11. Manwiththeplan

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    Yeah, that's more what it is. I'd love it if all 3 were all pro players for the next 10 seasons, but I doubt that's the case.

    All in all, if this is our interior line in 2015, I think we'll be in trouble. I think Arkin is a hit. Costa could be, but Nagy is nothing but a pipe dream right now.

    Not to mention this probably means OL wasn't addressed in any of the next few drafts which is very risky
  12. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member

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    I'll wait and see. You never know. I certainly don't wanna stop drafting OL.
  13. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    It's one thing to start; it's another to actually be good. Alan Ball started at safety last year.
  14. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Me either.

    I hope collecting quality OL is the Cowboys new hobby.
  15. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    I wouldn't be mad if Costa started at LG, he can move in space.
  16. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    LG spot looks like a 3-man race between Holland, Arkin and Costa. Holland will probably get the nod at the start of the year if he is ready to go but I don't think he will last very long.

    I think Arkin will wiin the competition with Costa in the end. Costa is setting himself up for the inside track on Gurode's position. I wouldn't be surprised if this is Gurode's last year with the way his knees seem to be deteriorating.
  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Costa played fine at OG last year. Not sure why people want to think he was a problem. It was actually a bright spot that he held up as well as he did as a relatively unknown rookie.

    His arm length isn't going to be a problem, either. He's probably going to end up starting this season at LG at some point. We're getting a lot younger along the OL.
  18. RS12

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  19. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Exactly. I'm not all that encouraged by the thought of him starting.
  20. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    WTH-Jebus sakes Chris! - OBVIOUSLY Jerry Jones is still running this team, Costa is a natural fit for Dallas at Center not Gaurd.

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