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Travis Frederick earns PFWA honor

January, 14, 2014
Jan 14
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team.

Frederick played every offensive snap (997) in 2013 and had only three penalties in 16 games while making all of the line calls.

The Cowboys caught grief for not only trading down from No. 18 in the first round to No. 31 with the San Francisco 49ers, they were also criticized for taking Frederick with a first-round pick. From his first mini-camp on, however, Frederick was a starter and proved the Cowboys made the correct decision.

The other part of that San Francisco trade was wide receiver Terrance Williams, who was taken in the first round. Williams was beaten out at wide receiver on the PFWA’s All-Rookie team by San Diego’s Keenan Allen, who was named the offensive rookie of the year, and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins.

Williams had 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.

Frederick is the first Cowboys’ rookie to earn rookie honors from the PFWA since 2011 when Dan Bailey, Tyron Smith and DeMarco Murray were honored.

Frederick, Williams earn Kiper honors

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick is likely to get a number of All-Rookie honors in the offseason, including the team picked by ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr .

Frederick started every game and played every offensive snap as a rookie, cementing the interior of the Cowboys' offensive line.

Here’s what Kiper had to say about Frederick’s season: “Filled a big need, provided a consistent push in the run game, and figures to hold down this gig for a long time.”

When the Cowboys picked Frederick at No. 31 in the first round after trading down from No. 18 in a deal with San Francisco, Kiper was not a big fan of the pick.

In his post-draft grades last April, Kiper wrote, “I was a little critical of the first-round pick, just because the Cowboys drafted a player I thought they could have taken at least 30 spots later. Travis Frederick was my 87th-ranked player. And yet they should get credit because he'll be a starter at a position where they were a total mess in 2013.”

Many were critical of the Frederick selection with some teams saying they had a fourth-round grade on Frederick. Given the way he played, the Cowboys should get more than some credit for the trade down because it also netted them wide receiver Terrance Williams in the third round in addition to Frederick.

Williams was also named to Kiper’s All-Rookie team, one of three receivers with Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers (his offensive rookie of the year) and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Williams finished his rookie season with 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns.

In ranking the top 30 rookies, Kiper had Frederick at No. 11 and Williams at No. 28.

Names to keep an eye on for Cowboys

April, 25, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Over the last few years, the Cowboys’ top-30 visitors before the draft have been a good indicator into who they end up selecting.

Nate Newton went undrafted in 1983, but he still feels like he was part of one of the greatest draft classes in league history. Newton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss his draft experience from 30 years ago and his journey to three rings.

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Guys like Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford and Matt Johnson, among others, visited Valley Ranch and ended up getting picked by the team.

Here is the list of this year’s invites to keep handy for the next three days:

S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
S Eric Reid, LSU
G Chance Warmack, Alabama
RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
DL Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
DT Jordan Hill, Penn State
C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
LB Sio Moore, Connecticut
LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State
CB B.W Webb, William & Mary
WR Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State
RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
OL Kyle Long, Oregon
S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
LB Brandon Magee, Arizona State
TE D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers
TE Dion Sims, Michigan State
WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
S Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
DT Bennie Logan, LSU

Cowboys visitors from need positions

April, 2, 2013
Stretch Smith takes Galloway & Company around the NFL, discussing quarterback moves, Tony Romo's contract and Chip Kelly's first season.

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IRVING, Texas – It is no secret that the Cowboys need help along the offensive and defensive lines and at safety entering the NFL draft, so it’s not surprising the team is meeting with some of the best available at those positions this week at Valley Ranch.

With the draft three weeks away, the Cowboys are scheduled to meet with 28 national prospects, including offensive linemen Chance Warmack (Alabama), Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina), Jonathan Pugh (Syracuse) and Travis Frederick (Wisconsin), safeties Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International) and Eric Reid (LSU) and defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) and Kawann Short (Purdue).

Among the other players visiting are Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas, running backs Knile Davis (Arkansas), Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State) and Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (Penn State).