Dallas Cowboy’s rookie center Travis Frederick had somewhat of a rough time last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. He gave up a couple of sacks in the Cowboys’ 17-16 loss.
The first round pick (31st overall) out of Wisconsin probably needs to figure it out, and figure it out fast to satisfy fan grumblings that Dallas wasted the choice – and to satisfy the front office’s thought process that moving out of the middle of the first round and selecting Frederick was correct for a team with other glaring needs.
“There is a lot to like about him,” coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore last April. “He’s just a good, smart football player.
“He was the highest-rated player on our board when it was time to pick.”
This week Frederick faces off against a Rams defense that tallied an NFL high 52 sacks last season. Dallas’ new center spoke again to the Dallas Morning News about his progress so far and his mindset as the season progresses.
“I’m better than I was when I got here, but you just need to continue working on it,” Frederick told Rainer Sabin. “This is going to be the third game.”
Watching the draft last year, nearly every NFL analyst – and seemingly everyone with a pulse – maligned Dallas’ selection and called for Jerry Jones’ head. Will Frederick prove the naysayers wrong? Time will tell.