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August 05, 2013

Travis Frederick happy with first NFL action at center, but says he made a mistake at guard

Travis Frederick liked his first NFL action at center.

“I thought that went pretty well,” he said.

His time at guard? Not as well. The Cowboys’ rookie first-round pick said he wasn’t as clean at right guard, where he played in the second half of Sunday night’s game against Miami.

“The mistake at guard was I overstepped on a shade technique in pass protection,” he said. “That was on me. It caused a pressure, not a sack. But a pressure is still not what we are looking for. I need to be solid.”

Frederick has been working at center the majority of the time in training camp, but the Cowboys are still looking at him at guard, potentially to play him at right guard and use veteran Phil Costa at center.

But Frederick was happy with the way he played at center.

“It was nice going out there with the 1s and to keep working in and keep getting those reps,” he said. “It’s always a challenge for a center with the quarterback switching in and out, but it worked out.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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