May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (70) participates in drills during rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

New Dallas Cowboy Travis Frederick Will be the Ultimate Romo-Friendly Addition

Cowboys Mailbag

Will our new center make that much of a difference for the Cowboys O-line? They were really bad and should have cut everyone except for Tyron Smith. – Mike

Travis Frederick, the first round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, will become an instant starter on the offensive line in 2013. Training camp hasn’t even started and he’s already won the job. That should tell you right away how bad the situation was last year.

Travis Frederick brings skill and intelligence to the Cowboys line. He scored one of the top Wonderlic scores in the draft and has experience leading an offensive line.

The center is expected to call blocking assignments at the line. 2011 and 2012 starters Phil Costa and Ryan Cook struggled with this so the task fell on Tony Romo’s shoulders. Travis Frederick will be able to reclaim this responsibility from the QB and free Romo to focus on more important issues like identifying the coverage and calling the appropriate play against said coverage. Who know’s? Maybe Romo will be able to snap the ball now before the play clock expires.

Now that’s what we call, Romo-Friendly.

In a couple days I will assessing the Cowboys offensive line situation and explaining the zone blocking scheme (ZBS) they will be running. While the ZBS scheme will be new to the returning Dallas Cowboys, Frederick has experience running it in Wisconsin. He will help the Cowboys immensely in this transition.

Expect Frederick to struggle at the point of contact as he builds his strength. The lack of mental errors will more than make up for it. I agree, the offensive line was really bad last season (On Monday I will release my Offensive Line Grades for their 2012 performance. Later in the week I’ll explain a zone blocking scheme vs a man blocking scheme and explain why fans should feel optimistic for 2013).

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