Longtime Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton knows well that the team’s defense is iffy, to put it lightly, going into 2014. But having watched the first couple weeks of training camp, Newton has been impressed with the degree to which the young offensive line has dominated despite the apparent lack of competition.
"I have nothing against our defense, I really don't, but at this point they're two steps behind," Newton said, per ESPN Dallas. "This is what I like about Zack Martin, [Travis] Frederick, Tyron Smith, even [Ronald] Leary--they're working on their technique. They're working hard every day.
"See, because you can get sloppy. When you're physically better than a person at this point, you can get sloppy, but these guys are not getting sloppy. They're fighting against themselves really. That just shows you the determination that these guys are trying to get somewhere. That's what I like about them."
Newton specifically praised rookie right guard Zack Martin, the 16th overall pick in May’s draft.
"I haven't watched a lot of him, but from what I've seen, he has something to him," Newton said. "The other day [the defensive line] ran a game and his arms were locked down, but he head-butted the dude. I was like, Wow! I liked that. He's just mean. He looks the part. The dude is good.”
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