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News: FWST: Cowboys impressed by how well and how quickly Travis Frederick picked things up

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    -- Carlos Mendez

    “One of the traits that we identified early was his ability to communicate, his retention of the system, his ability to communicate it out,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said. “Those are all real positives that came to fruition during the course of the mini-camps and the OTAs.”

    Frederick practiced only at center during the spring as the Cowboys gave him every snap they could at the position they drafted him to play.

    “For a young guy, he really seems to grasp what we’re trying to get accomplished in a short period of time,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “The challenge for him is blocking across from him. It’s Hatcher. It’s Ratliff. It’s some of those guys. That’s a tough ball snap. I think he’s understanding that.”

    Frederick said he’s got the big stuff down. It’s the little stuff he’s working on now – “the technique things here and there, instead of trying to pick up a playbook and pick that stuff up,” he said. “I feel like I’ve picked that up pretty well as far as assignments and stuff like that, but obviously, there will be little things here and there.

    Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.co...uickly-travis-frederick-picked-things-up.html
  2. Corso

    Corso Well-Known Member

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    I have no doubt he's going to be a very good player.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Yeah for a "6th round draft pick talent" :rolleyes: I think he will too.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    he was probably considered by the majority of teams a late 2nd rd pick.
  5. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Good to know he's picking up the offense quickly!
  6. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    So do they have him playing center in OTAs? People are wondering if it'll be him or Costa starting at center. Shouldn't it be apparent by who is getting the snaps?
  7. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Frederick has been the #1 C in all the ota's and minicamp with Costa #2. Some still have hope that they will move Frederick to OG so that they have a Leary-Costa-Frederick middle. But it's not looking that way so far.
  8. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    haha I think he will have solid year.
  9. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    :laugh2: It's a miracle!
  10. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Well, probably, but Costa does not need the snaps now. We'll get a better picture once TC starts.
  11. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Did somebody say that?
    I sure don't recall it.

    I do recall a lot of 2nd and 3rd round grades though.

    Since there are plenty of 2nd and 3rd rounder talents that start--especially if they are taken in Rd 1--Freddy getting plugged in there is certainly no surprise. It may take while (years.) before we know wht is rel blue was. I just want him to help us. I do know thi; to start, he won't have to eat out any good NFL players.

    I'm not saying he won't deserve it (I'm pulling for him big time) but most teams almost force their 1st round picks into the lineup as quickly as possible for for several reasons...some even non football related.
  12. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Can't wait for preseason to see him on the field. He'll make rookie mistakes that you can count on. But I want to see how much and how fast he progresses.
  13. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Mark Stepnoski was a 3rd round pick, Andre Gurode a 2nd, those are the best two centers Dallas has drafted dating back to 1989.

    High expectations on a 1st round center, that's for sure.

    Hopefully he's no Clay Shiver or Al Johnson...
  14. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    You can almost tell already that he's not going to be. Strong and smart. The only question is can he be quick enough at this level, but you kind of know going in that he's going to be at least adequate. He's got 10 year starter written all over him.
  15. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    ............At possibly more than one position. If that goes a long way to firming up and improving our O line, then I'm happy with it. Build the trenches....win games.
  16. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    [x] Intelligence
    [x] nasty streak
    [x] size
    [ ] experience

    3 out of 4 so far; I am liking what I am seeing (reading) so far about him
  17. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Exactly. I'm thrilled he's got the play book down. I still think he needs to cut some weight to help with foot speed. No reason he has to play at 330.
  18. rash

    rash Member

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    happy post number 59,178 Woody'sGirl!
  19. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Let's look at recent draft history here and who started as a rookie right away and who was a backup:

    2012: Mo - starter
    2011: Tyron - starter
    2010: Dez - backup
    2009: No pick
    2008: Felix - backup
    2008: Jenkins - backup
    2007: Spencer - backup
    2006: Carpenter - backup
    2005: Ware - starter
    2005: Spears - starter
    2004: None
    2003: TNew - starter
    2002: Roy Williams - starter
    2001: None
    2000: None

    So if we look at 13 years history as a franchise over 4 different HCs (Campo, BP, Wade, Garrett) we basically see a pattern where the top 10 guys typically started and the late first rounders usually were on the bench. The only guy who never ended up starting was Carpenter who was a true bust. The only guy who started right away who wasn't a Pro Bowl quality player was Spears. Some may see Spears was a bit of a need pick in 2005 so we could move to the 3-4 defense although I think most had him going in the late first round. As I recall BP really wanted us to try and trade up to get him because he thought he was so important but no deal could be made and he ended up falling to us.

    Right now it looks like TFred is going to start. What we don't know for sure yet is the position. I think the hope is for him to start at Center with maybe Livings and Bern at OG unless Leary and/or Arkin beat them out. However, the feeling may be that Center is the harder position to pick up so they want him to maximize snaps there with the knowledge that he can quickly be flipped to OG and pick it up right away.

    To me our best group of 5 may very well be:

    Tyron Leary Costa/Kowalski TFred Parnell/Free
  20. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    He's reportedly down to 317 now, fwiw.

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