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August 30, 2012

Arkin plays center and guard against Dolphins, says he's 'in a good spot right now'

David Arkin said he has come a long way from where he was last year, even last month.

“I think I’ve really taken a step forward,” he said after Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Dolphins, when he played in relief of starting center Phil Costa. “It feels good. It’s been hard, but I feel like I’m in a good spot right now.”

Last year, Arkin didn’t make it on the field for a single game, despite being a fourth-round pick. He was inactive all 16 games as the Cowboys worked to make him stronger.

This year, they had to use him in training camp as their No. 1 center while Costa missed time with a back injury. But Arkin also worked as a third-team guard, and played guard in the second half against the Dolphins.

“I’m feeling better about everything, so that’s good,” he said.

In all four games, Arkin and the quarterbacks had clean exchanges. They had trouble with that throughout training camp, but the problems disappeared in practice after the team left Oxnard.

“That was good,” Arkin said. “That was something I was worried about. But it’s a credit to the quarterbacks and working with them. We got everything down and didn’t have any mishandled snaps. That was good.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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