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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Bernadeau: 'I'm confident in my abilities'

By Tim MacMahon

OXNARD, Calif. – Mackenzy Bernadeau understands the business of the NFL, but he doesn’t believe that the Cowboys need to acquire a starting guard.

He hopes to prove that to the Cowboys’ coaching staff and front office.

“I’m confident in my abilities,” Bernadeau said. “I’m confident in the hard work that I put in. I’ve just got to take care of business, do my job and show the coaches that you’ve got to keep me out on the field. That’s my mentality this whole offseason and through camp.”

The Cowboys clearly don’t share that confidence at this point. They agreed to a deal with ex-New York Jets guard Brandon Moore, a favorite of offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, only to have Moore opt to retire after sleeping on it. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will continue to search for alternatives at guard.

That doesn’t bother Bernadeau, who is working at right guard with the starters, chipping off rust after missing all of offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery and delaying his training camp debut until Friday due to a strained hamstring.

“A team’s gotta do what it’s gotta do to get better,” said Bernadeau, who struggled early last season after missing all of the offseason and training camp due to hip and knee injuries. “The coaching staff, personnel staff, they know what we have to do.

“I’m motivated to be the best guard that I can be. I want to be one of the best guards in the league, so I’ve just got to continue to work.”