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  • Travis Frederick Provides Update

    February 11, 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys played all of 2018 without All-Pro Center Travis Frederick. Thankfully, it appears he's close to winning the battle with a neurological disorder and returning to the team this March or April for the offseason program.
    In an interview with WFAA's Mike Leslie, Frederick provided the latest update on his recovery from Guillain-Barré Syndrome:
    "At the rate that I've been improving, it seems very viable that I'm at a full strength and ready to play ball again in March or April when team activities start up again."

    Elsewhere in the interview, Frederick qualified his current status as "90-95%."

    This is wonderful news for the Cowboys, who are still many months away from when they truly need Travis back in the fold. Even if he has any setbacks, it appears Frederick is well ahead of the pace needed to be a full participant in July's training camp and the 2019 season.

    The effect of Travis' absence last season can't be understated. While Joe Looney did a solid substitution job, few can match Frederick as one of the elite centers in the NFL.

    You also can't immediately replace his chemistry with teammates, such as Guard Zack Martin or Quarterback Dak Prescott.

    Frederick's absence was felt in some of the uncertainty that Prescott showed at times against opposing defenses. In the five prior seasons, Travis had helped Dak and Tony Romo with reading the defense and making adjustments.

    It was also felt in the run game, with Dallas struggling at times to get short-yardage gains. While Ezekiel Elliott still led the league in rushing yards, there were situations where defenses were able to get stops that they normally wouldn't when Frederick was playing.

    Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick (AP Photo/James D Smith)

    Travis Frederick's return will not only raise the talent level at center but it should also enhance Connor Williams in his development at left guard. Frederick has helped keep guys like Ron Leary and Jonathan Cooper from disaster through the years, and he should be a big help to Williams in his second season.

    One nice thing for the Cowboys is that Travis' current progress, still in early February, allows them to not worry about the center position in the upcoming free agency period and NFL Draft.

    Dallas can feel good about their current depth chart with Frederick and Looney. Even if something unexpectedly awful happened with Travis, they have Joe under contract for 2019 at just a $1.4 million cap hit. That's a bargain for what he did last season and the insurance he provides now.

    Now is hardly the time to worry about the future at center. Frederick turns just 28 years old next month; still having many prime years left for an offensive lineman. The Cowboys hope he can play out most, if not all, of his current contract that runs through 2023.

    As we saw last season, Dallas can win games and even be a playoff contender without Travis Frederick. But they need him back if they want to finally push past the Divisional Round and compete for a championship.

    Given that, yesterday's update was great news for all parties. But most of all, we're so happy for Frederick to be overcoming this unexpected obstacle in his career.






    defense wins championships

  • #2
    God I hope he comes back at the same level. This would be like compensation for the 1st rounder we no longer have.

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    • #3
      90-95% is probably closer to 60-65%. Still, I’ll take it.

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      • #4
        I hope it's true, he would be an immediate upgrade to the OL. The offense definitely needs his guidance on the field.

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        • #5
          Looney did a serviceable job, but serviceable was still one of the worst STARTING centers in the league. But that's all you can hope for out of most backups; that's why they are backups. Just don't be such a massive black hole that the team can't overcome it. He did ok, but the position was no longer a strength, either.

          Will be great to get Frederick back. He's the kind of player that is a plus not just at his position, but he makes the guys on either side of him better, Martin included. And the interior of the OL being improved means Elliott and Prescott will be improved as well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mschmidt64 View Post
            Looney did a serviceable job, but serviceable was still one of the worst STARTING centers in the league. But that's all you can hope for out of most backups; that's why they are backups. Just don't be such a massive black hole that the team can't overcome it. He did ok, but the position was no longer a strength, either.

            Will be great to get Frederick back. He's the kind of player that is a plus not just at his position, but he makes the guys on either side of him better, Martin included. And the interior of the OL being improved means Elliott and Prescott will be improved as well.
            don't forget, Elliott led the league in rushing with that serviceable backup. Its hard to imagine him improved, although perhaps he might exceed his 1435 yards with a full strength TF. The short yardage and red-zone issues might be a stronger indicator of where Loon was not up to snuff. I think he was indeed not on Fred's level, but FAR from being among the worst at his position.
            defense wins championships

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