The Cowboys have arrived in Oxnard, California, and the player who may have the most gratitude to begin the camp grind is center Travis Frederick.
The four-time Pro Bowl center missed all of last season while he recovered from Guillain-Barré syndrome. He said the club would slowly get him back in the groove during training camp since he is recovering from two surgeries (abdominal and shoulder).
"I feel really good about where I am at both of those items," Frederick said Thursday after he arrived to the Cowboys training camp hotel, referring to his Guillain-Barré recovery and his post-surgery rehab.
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"Obviously, I was still limited in minicamp because of the shoulder, but again that was mostly precautionary, so lifting and running and all the drills I've been doing all summer has felt good. I've said it for a long time: We won't know until we put the pads on and see how it goes."
The Cowboys won 10 games and the 2018 NFC East title without Frederick, but his return could make the offense much better. His ability to call for protections and anchor his position is invaluable if the Cowboys want to go deeper in the playoffs.
"You don't get to realize what you have until it's gone, and you get a chance to evaluate that and get excited about what you do have," Frederick said. "Also, I gained a sense of peace about where I was. I am excited to take each day in and really savor the experience."