"I have been playing good," the Cowboys right tackle said. "Still, there are a lot of things you’ve got to keep focusing on, keep working on. It’s never a one-and-done kind of thing. You’ve got to prove yourself each and every week. It’s a continual thing."
Free has only allowed a 1/2 sack and has yet to be flagged for a penalty this season.
"Doug’s done a nice job," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He’s responded really well…. He really has been impressive since the start of OTAs, really trying to take advantage of the opportunity. I think he’s working on some technical things that will help him. I think he’s playing tougher and he’s staying on blocks, both as a pass protector but also in the run game."
The Cowboys signed free agent guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings a year ago for a combined $6.2 million. Bernadeau has been slow to adjust to a move to the left side while Livings has been sidelined since having knee surgery on August 16.
“It’s just more practice on your technique and repetitions on the plays,” Bernadeau said. “I’ve played left before, so I was familiar with it. The whole offseason I pretty much worked the right side with my steps and getting in synch with the kick and timing and so it’s just an adjustment with that and getting used to doing it with the opposite leg, opposite side and opposite hand.”
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Coach Jason Garrett told the paper that the Cowboys started thinking about moving Free from tackle to guard before training camp. “It was one of the things we considered and certainly one of the things we considered when we restructured Doug Free’s contract back in the spring,” Garrett said. “He has the traits to move inside. We thought that might be an option.”
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