Ronald Leary states case for starter's role

CANTON, Ohio -- Jerry Jones has liked Ronald Leary ever since the Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012, guaranteeing him more than $200,000.

Leary spent almost all of last season on the practice squad and did not play in a game, but Jones believes Leary, who played left guard in Sunday’s win against Miami, is ready to be a starter when the regular season starts.

“I don’t want to be the coach, but I’m comfortable,” Jones said. “He has a substance. It’s not just his size, but his punch. He has a base in the middle.”

With Nate Livings recovering from knee surgery, Leary will get the same first-team work he received in the offseason when Livings was resting his knee.

As pleased as Jones and coach Jason Garrett were with Leary’s performance against the Dolphins, Leary wasn’t singing his own praises.

“I know I’m nowhere where I want to be,” Leary said. “After a year, you’re supposed to make progress.”