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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Rookie review: Ronald Leary

By Calvin Watkins

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Ronald Leary was promoted to the active roster late in the season and could compete for a starting job.

Ronald Leary

Position: Offensive guard

How acquired: Undrafted free agent, Memphis

What he did: Ronald Leary impressed the coaches in training camp after a slow start. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan said he could see Leary improve every day in practice with his strength and his overall knowledge of the game. Callahan said Leary is the type of player who needed to play against a better level of competition to get better. The Cowboys' goal was to keep Leary on the practice squad for the season, but the Oakland Raiders claimed him and Dallas blocked the move by promoting him to the active roster on Dec. 22. He was inactive for the last two weeks of the regular season.

Where he fits in the future: When Leary was signed there was concern about a chronic knee problem, but the Cowboys' doctors determined it wouldn't be a problem in the short term. With Leary getting better and with the inconsistency of the interior of the offensive line in 2012, there is a chance he could compete for a starting job. At this stage, with the NFL draft months away, it appears he does have a future with the Cowboys.