When the Cowboys signed guard Ronald Leary as an undrafted free agent, it was of the objective he would become a backup guard and make the 53-man roster.
Leary's health hasn't been an issue this training camp or through three preseason games, which is a good thing for a man who has chronic knee issues.
But Leary was penalized twice in Saturday night's game against St. Louis. When asked about his efforts this summer, he was pretty blunt.
"I'm not pleased at all with how I've been doing," he said. "I expect a lot more out of myself. I'm just going to go work this week and Wednesday try to be better against Miami."
It's assumed Leary will survive the Monday cuts when the Cowboys have to get their roster to 75. But the final cut, on Aug. 31, is a big one.
"I don't think I'm guaranteed a spot," Leary said. "Just cause. In my opinion, I haven't been performing to the level they expect me to perform and to the level I expect myself to perform. Nothing is guaranteed in this business. I take the approach, I'm just another guy fighting for a roster spot. I'm just trying to get better and I'm not. I'm nowhere where I want to be and I'm not going to quit."
Leary said playing with power isn't a problem but his technique is. He's trying to make sure his footwork and hand placement when blocking defenders is good. When it's not, there are problems for him.
"I think that's the biggest thing, just technique. It's so important," Leary said. "Regardless of how physical you are, if you use the right technique and you're in the right position, it makes the job a lot easier. So technique is something I'm really harping on all camp."