Frederick, the rookie center, will be tested Sunday at Kansas City. The Chiefs run a 3-4 scheme similar to the one the New York Jets use, one that is designed to confuse with the multiple looks.
"Each particular front throws its own problems at you, but I think the big issue is there’s so many of them," Frederick said. "They’re going to throw a lot of different fronts at us and a lot of different pressures."
Frederick had five months to study up on the Cowboys' first opponent of the season, the New York Giants. But he has just a week to get ready for the Chiefs.
“I think it’s interesting to watch [Dontari Poe], their nose tackle,” offensive coordinator/offensive-line coach Bill Callahan said. “He’s got the traits that you look for out of the run stoppers, the two-gappers that can control the point of attack. [Frederick] has got his work cut out for him and I would say that it’s good he got some experience in the preseason, blocking against a zero-technique-type nose tackle, [Paul] Soliai from Miami. He’s just got that exposure that helps him with his technique. I think it’s going to be a really good matchup that’ll be really interesting to see. He’s obviously challenged.”