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August 08, 2013

Tony Romo says he, Cowboys can make it easier for depleted offensive line to do its job

Quarterback Tony Romo said he likes the way the offensive line, particularly the guards, have been working in camp and acknowledged that he and the coaches can help them do their jobs better.

“As a quarterback, you’ve got to be mobile, slide in the pocket, move, get the ball out,” he said after Thursday’s walk-through as the Cowboys got ready to travel to Oakland for the second preseason game, and Romo’s first action. “And then on top of it, we’ve got to give them some things they don’t have to work quite so hard in and do some things schematically that give us a little bit of help.”

The Cowboys are anxiously thin at guard, with Nate Livings, Kevin Kowalski, Ryan Cook and Ray Dominguez all out with injury. Mackenzy Bernadeau, last year’s starter at right guard, has been practicing only a week.

Romo said he didn’t have input as the Cowboys searched for guards off the street this week, but he’s optimistic about what the team does have.

“I’m excited about the way the guys up front have been doing,” Romo said. “They’ve been working hard, they’re getting better. It’s been a good camp for them. Obviously, we’d like to have a few less injuries. But that’s part of the game. We’ve just got to keep grinding away and keep getting better until we can continue to see some guys get healthy. And then, at the same time, some other guys have stepped up, and we’ll see what happens.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez


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