After so much pre-game angst about his errant snaps during training camp, Cowboys’ center David Arkin _ who normally plays guard _ breathed a sigh of relief Monday after avoiding any misconnections with his quarterbacks in three-plus quarters of action against Oakland.
“That was definitely the big thing tonight. Just getting all the snaps right,” said Arkin, who also had a hand in allowing a first-quarter sack of quarterback Tony Romo. “That’s a huge credit to the three quarterbacks I played with.”
Romo also credited Arkin, who struggled in camp, especially from shotgun formation.
“He’s done a great job this week,” Romo said. “I just took snaps from him for the first time three days ago. He’s playing his butt off, so it’s a good sign.”
Left guard Derrick Dockery agreed.
“I was really happy for Arkin,” Dockery said. “Tonight was an opportunity for him. There were no balls on the ground. He competed. Now, he’s got to go back and see where he can correct his technique and get better.”
The first place, said Arkin, was a missed communication with Dockery that led to the sack on Romo. Coach Jason Garrett cited it, too.
“We’ve just got to get the communication going there,” Arkin said. “That wasn’t a physical thing. It was a communication thing. We’ve got to get that straightened out.”
Monday night, Arkin did managed to do exactly that with the snaps to his quarterbacks.
_ Jimmy Burch