The upside for David Arkin, a converted guard who drew the start for the Dallas Cowboys at center tonight, is that he did not airmail any snaps over the heads of quarterbacks in the first half against the Oakland Raiders.
Nor did he leave any balls laying on the ground in O.co Coliseum in the team’s first pre-season game. Both issues caused pre-game concerns, based on training camp efforts in Oxnard, Calif.
But things have not been completely rosy for Arkin, who had a holding penalty (second quarter) and watched Raiders’ defensive tackle Tommy Kelly zip between him and left guard Derrick Dockery for a sack on quarterback Tony Romo.
Clearly, Arkin remains a work in progress as a second-year pro. He is filling in tonight for injured center Phil Costa.
_ Jimmy Burch