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August 13, 2012

Mixed bag in first half for Arkin

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


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Considering this was the first game Arkin has ever played at center in his life it wasn't too bad. But if Jerry is truly wanting to win he will immediately go out and sign us a CENTER! Costa is going to be iffy with his back and the Cowboys will never be able to compete without one. So what's it going to be JJ? A team that can compete and win 10-12 games or one that can't and goes 0-16 or 1-15. Because that's what you're looking at with Arkin at the center position behind Costa.

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