With little work, Ryan Cook fills in at center

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- That Ryan Cook was active for Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the New York Giants was a bit of a surprise, considering he practiced with the team only three times following his acquisition in a trade from Miami.

That Cook took all but three snaps at center in the Cowboys’ 24-17 win is even more stunning, but he was pressed into duty when Phil Costa’s back tightened up in the first series.

“Average at best,” Cook said in describing his performance. “I think it took me awhile to get settled in. I hadn’t had many reps and really no reps with the (No. 1) offense. It took a little bit of an adjustment but now we’ve got a game under our belt and I look forward to next week.”

Cook said he had only two or three snaps with Tony Romo during a walkthrough practice before Wednesday’s game, but they had no problems with any exchanges.

Cook is still learning the playbook, but he leaned on the offensive line throughout the game.

“Communication is a big factor,” Cook said. “These guys did a great job of helping me out with certain situations. We came up and made sure everybody was on the same page. That’s the No. 1 goal, make sure everybody’s on the same page.”