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Friday, November 15, 2013
Rookie report: Travis Frederick

By Todd Archer

With the Dallas Cowboys off this week at the bye week, we take a look at how the Cowboys draft picks have fared.

Travis Frederick

Pick: Second round (No. 31 overall)

What he’s done: Since the day Frederick arrived at Valley Ranch, he has been the starting center. Much was made of the Cowboys trade down at the time and the over-drafting of Frederick with the 31st pick, but he has the looks of a building block on the line for many years to come.

Season outlook: There have been no regrets about the move to get Frederick from inside Valley Ranch. It has not gone perfectly for Frederick, who struggled badly in Week 2 versus Dontari Poe, but he has been a stabilizing force on the interior of the offensive line.

Shotgun snaps had been an issue for years with Andre Gurode or Phil Costa snapping to Tony Romo. Despite coming from a run-oriented offense at Wisconsin, Frederick has had few poor snaps. He has a good understanding of when to offer help to his guards in pass protection and he does a good job of sorting through the fronts pre-snap.

He might be a rookie, but Bill Callahan said Frederick is playing like a 10-year veteran.