From the outside looking in, Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick seemingly had a pretty nice rookie season.
Frederick was named a starter on the first day of training camp, started all 16 games there, and was widely credited with anchoring the best Cowboys’ offensive line since the team’s 13-3 season back in 2007. For his efforts, Frederick was named to the All-Rookie team.
But going into his second year, Frederick is hardly patting himself on the back. In fact, he’s looking to be a whole lot better in 2014 than he was a year ago.
“I think it went OK,” Frederick said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I saw a great deal of improvement throughout the season. You go back and look at the film, to me, it looks like I’m a different player at the end of the year than I was at the beginning of the year.”
One thing that will benefit Frederick greatly, he says, is the simple fact that he’s had a year to settle into his surroundings here in North Texas.
“Your rookie year, I think your biggest challenge is not knowing what’s coming next, even from one game to the next, or how to handle practice on this day and this week,” he said. “But after having been through it, I think it kind of helps you prepare for that and know what you need to be able to do for the next week and kind of that grind of putting it all together.”
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