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Travis Frederick Looking to Build on Rookie Year

Frederick was a 16 game starter in his rookie season

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    Going into his second season in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick doesn’t feel like a veteran. But he’s close enough to act as something of a mentor to right guard and first round draft pick Zack Martin who, like Frederick last year, is undertaking the highly difficult task of getting accustomed to the pro game.

    I don’t feel like a grizzled vet--I feel like I’m not as much of a rookie. I know what’s going on. It’s the same adjustments I was talking about with Zack--you know what’s next, you know how to handle what’s going on,” Frederick told the team's official website. “So that’s going to help you, in turn, focus on the little things. In general, you know what the concepts are and things, so you can really focus on the techniques and getting better at the smaller things.”

    With a year of experience under his belt, and an easy understanding the larger concepts of the offense, Frederick is spending this offseason focusing on the details--which, in the hyper-competitive NFL, can make all the difference.

    “In college, it’s just about getting it done. If you’re strong, you have a better opportunity, because no matter where you grab, usually you can just hold on,” Frederick said. “But in the NFL, obviously with the great talent we play against--and even here in practice, with the talent we play against every day--you really have to focus on where you’re placing your hands. An inch can really make a huge difference.”

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