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September 13, 2012

Callahan says Cowboys still have confidence in Arkin, who can be a backup at center and guard

David Arkin still has the confidence of the Cowboys’ coaches, who believe they can trust him to be a backup at guard or center if they need him.

“My hat goes off to him,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said Thursday at Valley Ranch. “He took numerous repetitions in training camp. I think he ended up with the most reps of any offensive lineman. So he acquired some real good experience, which will afford us, if we do bring him up or make him active for a game, to have him in a backup role, not only at the guard spot, but at the center position as well.

“We’re trying to build our depth. There’s no better way to do that than to have him take advantage of the situation that occurred in Oxnard.”

In Oxnard during training camp, the Cowboys lost starting center Phil Costa to a back injury, Mackenzy Bernadeau was recovering from hip and knee surgery, Bill Nagy suffered an ankle injury, and Kevin Kowalski wound up on the PUP list. That took out four potential centers, leaving the Cowboys to train Arkin, a fourth-round pick in 2011, and use undrafted free agent Harland Gunn.

“It wasn’t perfect, but you know what? He got better,” Callahan said of Arkin, who has not been active for a game yet with the Cowboys. “That’s all you want to see, is a rate of improvement from a player on a daily basis, a weekly basis. Dave continues to show that, not only at the guard position, but at the center position as well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez



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