Since being released by the Raiders in September, former Texas Tech standout Daniel Loper has been at his home in Nashville. He had been working out, trying to stay in shape, while he waited for a team to call.
His opportunity came Monday when the Cowboys called offering him a tryout Tuesday. He signed after working out.
"Nothing gets you prepared for football like football," Loper said Wednesday. "No matter how many sprints you do or drills you do, nothing gets you ready like playing. But you know, I feel good, and I'm real excited about this opportunity."
With starting left guard Bill Nagy on injured reserve, and Derrick Dockery and Kyle Kosier rehabbing injuries, Loper might need to cram this week. But the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder said it won't take him long to catch on to the Cowboys offense.
"It's a lot like what I've done," Loper said. "It's a little different terminology. So hopefully I can catch up real quick just learning the different blocking terms."
Loper, who is in his seventh NFL season, has made nine starts. He has played for the Titans, Lions and Raiders.
He is happy to have a job again, since he has a new mouth to feed. He and his wife have an 8-week-old son, Kingston.
-- Charean Williams