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July 27, 2012

Cowboys rookie guard Ronald Leary says he has 'a lot of stuff to work on'

Rookie guard Ronald Leary is glad to be practicing.

But he’s not happy about where he is so far.

“I still have a lot of stuff to work on,” he said Friday after the last of the pre-camp practices this week at Valley Ranch. “My pass blocking, just technique-wise. I just need to pull it all together.”

Leary is the most prized of the Cowboys’ undrafted free agent signings. The former Memphis guard went undrafted in part because of concerns about a degenerative condition in his knee that could cut his career short.

He said he feels 100 percent and had a good week of practice. He just wasn’t satisfied.

“I’m a real competitive person. I hold myself to a real high standard,” he said. “I just want to get out here and compete with some of the best in the world. This team is full of some of the greatest players that have ever played the game, so just to get out here on the same field and compete, better my game, hopefully I can contribute to the team.”

Leary was one of only seven linemen in the workouts, but one of only five practicing. Kevin Kowalski and Mackenzy Bernadeau spent the week rehabbing.

So the five linemen who were practicing – Leary, guard Harland Gunn and tackles Levy Adcock, Jeff Adams, Tyrone Novikoff – got a lot of attention from line coach Bill Callahan.

“Since it’s just the rookies out here, he can focus on us a lot more instead of the vets,” Leary said. “Small groups, you get more attention. So it just helps us on little things we need to better our game.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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