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August 14, 2012

Search for center continues; Bar so low for Arkin that Cowboys gave him credit for not botching snaps

 The Cowboys like team’s fans went into the preseason game against Raiders just hoping that center David Arkin could get the snaps back to quarterback Tony Romo.

Blocking the right guy was secondary.

So it was no surprise that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett gave Arkin high marks for not botching any snaps against the Raiders.

“The big concern we had for him was taking care of the ball,” Garrett said. “The night mare scenario was we have four snaps on the ground, snap it over the quarterbacks head in the shot gun. None of that happened so that was a positive thing.”

The was one of the few positives as Arkin was part of an offensive line that allowed just four yards rushing on four carries to the running backs Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray.

Arkin also allowed a sack of Romo on a screen pass no less when he didn’t recognize the defensive front and didn't chip his man before going out to set up for the screen.

“The sack on the screen coming out was a misidentification from him coming out

to let that guy come right up the middle clean on Tony,” Garrett said. “For the most part he competed well. The fact that he we didn’t have a ball on the ground was an important thing for us.”

Garrett said the Cowboys will continue the search for a center to add to the roster whether it’s a free agent on the street on someone on another roster.

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