After getting ripped for taking center Travis Frederick in the first round of this year’s draft, the Dallas Cowboys are happy with what they’ve seen so far during this weekend’s rookie mini camp.
“I thought it was evident in the last team drill,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There was more tempo, and he was in and out of the huddle a lot faster. He was more aggressive getting to the line, making the calls, and then hustling back and getting everybody re-huddled – just those simple mechanics that you take for granted sometimes. We’re trying to get them established on a Day 1 practice.”
Frederick is looking to prove people wrong.
“For me, it’s just about going out and playing the way I played in college and playing the way that I know that I can play, and taking advantage of the tremendous coaching,” Frederick said. “Coach Callahan’s a tremendous coach. I think he can make me a lot better player than I have been. If I can work as hard as I can and take advantage of his coaching, I can prove some people wrong.”
“Really, I studied as hard as I could to play center,” he said. “I knew I was going to take a lot of center reps. A ton of calls that go into that.”
Callahan likes what he sees from Frederic with the mental part of the game.
“That was a real positive note as I watched him in all the team drills today — how he ID’s the ‘Mike’ linebacker, he makes the point, he makes all the calls, he puts everybody on the same page,” he said. “So I’m impressed from that standpoint. Day 1, just to get out and start talking in front of all these new people and players in front of you, with all the coaches and pressure on you, I thought he did pretty good.”