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June 13, 2012

Cowboys guard Bill Nagy notices this year's rookies benefitting from OTAs he didn't get

Second-year guard Bill Nagy can’t help but wonder. What if last year was like this year?

What if he had gotten the benefits of OTAs, meetings and minicamps last year like this year’s rookies are getting now?

“I see how much they’re benefiting from all the meetings, all the work on the field, and we never had that,” he said Wednesday after a minicamp practice at Valley Ranch. “I can only imagine how much that would have helped. But that’s the way it went. I’m just thankful I’m here and have the opportunity.”

Nagy wasn’t mad when he was saying. He was just saying.

Now as he starts his second year after making the team as a seventh-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, Nagy is working mainly as the second-team center. But he is getting work at guard, too, where he was a starter last year until suffering a broken foot in the fifth game.

“I just want to get out there and play. Whatever it is,” he said. “Whether it’s a guard or center, that’s cool with me. I’m just taking every rep that they give me, whether it’s guard or center.”

Nagy also has tight end experience. As a senior, he started at tight end in a win against Ohio State and lined up at tight end in some packages against Michigan State.

But he doesn’t have a favorite position.

“I just feel like I can play all three,” he said. “I think I’ve probably played an event amount all three positions throughout my career in college and here.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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