IRVING, Texas – When Jason Garrett talks optimistically about the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line being “stronger up front than we’ve been in the last three years,” he’s talking about rookie center Travis Frederick.
The Cowboys were criticized in some circles for trading down from the 18th pick to No. 31 with San Francisco to take Frederick, who some scouts and teams thought would have been available in the second or third rounds.
From his first practice through the preseason, Frederick has been the unquestioned starter.
“When you think about an offensive lineman transitioning to the NFL, it’s a hard transition,” Garrett said. “We knew he was really smart. You know that from talking to him. You know that from watching him play. You know that from talking to people. For him to be able to come in and handle the stuff he’s handled, it’s been impressive. I don’t think it’s been a surprise, but it’s certainly been impressive.”
It gets real for Frederick on Sunday against the New York Giants. Even without Osi Umenyiora, the strength of the defense remains the line with Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Cullen Jenkins, Mathias Kiwanuka and Linval Joseph.
Frederick will lean on the veterans up front for advice.
“Just as much as I’ve leaned on the vets to teach me the install and teach me all the little tiny things about what I should be doing on this play or this play,” Frederick said. “Now, the focus just changes from learning the Dallas offense to really game planning against the Giants.”