Montrae Holland played for the first time in the preseason Thursday night, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the veteran guard showed good stamina.
“Holland surprised me with how many snaps he took tonight,” Jones said. “We were playing that by ear. He came on back. He killed them. He wasn’t even breathing heavy after 20 snaps. He was ready for more. He’s in condition.”
Holland missed the first three preseason games recovering from a back injury.
He said he proved something to himself, and perhaps the team. Jones said he needed to see something out of Holland on Thursday night.
“I had to see for myself, being out for a while, and had to come back in and kind of knock the rust off,” he said. “I got a couple of days of practice in, but you’ve just got continue to work. This job is never done. You can’t be satisfied. It was good for me to get back out and show what I can do and move around, first of all. Just move around a little bit and back to the speed of the game. It was a great opportunity for me.”
Holland entered camp as the starting right guard, but Kyle Kosier has seen been moved to that spot, and a rookie, Bill Nagy, has taken over the vacated spot at left guard. Holland is listed as the backup right guard, where he played Thursday.
-- Carlos Mendez