Bill Nagy was with the second-team offensive line at center Wednesday. He is expected to compete with Phil Costa and Kevin Kowalski for the starting job, though new line coach Bill Callahan wants all his players capable of playing multiple positions.
"I'm going to play all the three inside positions," Nagy said. "That’s cool with me. I feel like I can jump from left to right or center or wherever they need me."
Nagy, a seventh-round pick last year, started out his Cowboys' career at center. He played some there in the 2011 preseason, but he ended up winning the starting left guard spot.
"The good thing about Bill is that he’s very versatile, having played both guard spots a year ago," Callahan said. "He’s trying to improve his craft this season at that position as well as learning all the new center calls and techniques, so what we’re basically doing is basically cross-training all those players.”
Nagy lost his job to injury in Week 2 before getting it back in Week 3 after Derrick Dockery was injured. He made four starts total last season before fracturing his right ankle against New England on Oct. 16.
"It was tough for sure," Nagy said. "I felt like I was just starting to kind of settle in. That’s how things happen sometimes, but I’m fully recovered, and I feel good."
The Cowboys signed veteran Nate Livings in free agency, and the ex-Bengal will start at left guard. Second-year player David Arkin, who was inactive for every game last season, was working with the first team Wednesday at right guard. The Cowboys signed free agent Mackenzy Bernadeau to start at right guard, but the ex-Panther required hip surgery last week.
The practice time should benefit Arkin, who is much improved from this time last year.
"I would say marked improvement from year one, but a long way to go like a lot of guys," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He’s two days into our football phase of the offseason, and he’s done some good things out there, but he has to improve really like we call have to improve. He’s going about it the right way. He’s a committed way. He’s dedicated. He’s tough. He just needs to play more football. We’re giving him a chance to do that."
-- Charean Williams