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August 24, 2013

Cowboys trying to get money's worth from $11.5 million 'developmental guy' Bernadeau

The Cowboys signed Mackenzy Bernadeau to a four-year deal worth $11.5 million a year ago.

Apparently as a project.

“Kind of a developmental guy who hadn’t played that much when we signed him,” coach Jason Garrett said before Thursday’s public practice at AT&T Stadium. “We felt like he had some potential. Not only potential, but had some versatility.”

The Cowboys are trying to get their money’s worth for that versatility as they head into Saturday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bernadeau practiced at left guard this week, moving over from right guard to take over for David Arkin, who had been playing in place of Nate Livings and Ron Leary, both out after knee surgery.

“We don’t think that’s a huge issue for him, because he’s done a little bit of that in his career in the past,” Garrett said. “The stance doesn’t seem to be an issue. And just where the defenders are doesn’t seem to be a problem for him, either.”

The Cowboys also gave Bernadeau some work at center in training camp last year.

“He’s played a little bit of both (guard spots) throughout his career,” Garrett said. “He’s also played center, as you guys know. So that was one of the reasons he was an attractive player to us.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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