Rookie: From college reserve to NFL starter?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bill Nagy has a chance to begin his NFL career as the Cowboys’ starting left guard. That’s quite a step from being the sixth man on Wisconsin’s offensive line as a senior.

The seventh-round pick, who has earned a reputation during training camp as a fearless scrapper, began working with the starters Tuesday. He found out he’d be working with the first-team offense minutes before the morning walkthrough that day and hasn’t been told anything different since then.

“I just kind of show up for every practice. It is what it is,” said the 6-foot-3, 299-pound Nagy, who made 11 career starts at Wisconsin. “I really haven’t thought about [starting]. I’m just taking one day and one practice at a time, just trying to do my best. Whatever happens, happens.”

Offensive line coach Hudson Houck indicated earlier this week that veteran Montrae Holland will still be the probable starter at the guard spot that isn’t occupied by Kyle Kosier. However, Holland has been sidelined by a sore back for almost three weeks, and his conditioning is a concern.

Fourth-round pick David Arkin started the preseason opener at left guard. Now it appears to be Nagy’s turn.