Travis Frederick took time to host his eponymous show with our friends Ben & Skin on 105.3 The Fan. Here are some the highlights of the interview with the Dallas Cowboys center:
Receiving Murray's gift: Well, I guess it was when we were in the locker room waiting on meetings to start. And DeMarco came in with the computers. It definitely was fun seeing him come over and pass them out. And I really appreciate it. And I can speak on behalf of the other guys that we really appreciate that, because that's really his deal. It's his record. You know, we can do all that we can, but without him, there's no record there. So, he certainly didn't have to do that for us.
The state of the O-Line: Honestly, it's a lot of fun watching film with these guys, because everybody seems to rip on everybody else when things go wrong. You know, there's always room for improvement and that's what we focus on. And we have a lot of fun doing it, obviously, but everybody wants to get better and wants to improve ourselves as an offensive line, and also as an offense. So, we do keep our eyes forward and continue to move forward and try not to look at what's happened and what's in the past, because what's in the past is past. We have to continue to move forward.
How much time does the O-Line spend together? I wouldn't say all the time [we're together]. I do think we spend an inordinate amount of time together. Whenever anyone's going to get a lift in -- there's a certain time you have to lift. It's usually before a certain time. Somebody will hit the group text and say, "Hey, I'm going to lift at this time if you want to come in." Everybody shows up. It's kind of how that works. In the summer time, everybody's always working out together. We go to dinner together during the week. We're always eating lunch together, getting treatments together. So, I mean, I just really enjoy being around these guys and think I can say for the rest of the group we enjoy being together and kind of have a good solid relationship.
Who is the weight room beast? Tyron [Smith]. Tyron's a freak, as you may say. As much as he looks the part, he really acts the part as well. He does crazy things in the weight room that I wish I could do, and never will be able to unfortunately. We're talking a lot of weight. I'm trying to think exactly, because it depends on the lift and what exactly you're doing. But, I mean, it wouldn't be unusual to see a small car.
Well, what does Tryon bench? If I had to guess, I would say probably between 600 and 700 pounds. He's massive. It's impressive to watch him lift.
Getting ready for Washington: We have started our prep, and, like I said, we treat it like a Wednesday today. So, today's really a full-padded day of practice where most of the running stuff goes in, where we get the pass looks on first and second down. And as the week goes on, that kind of changes. You look a little more into third down in red zone situational stuff as the week goes on.
Are new wrinkles being added weekly to the run game? You know, I think every defense presents its own challenges. So, things change a little bit here and there. Probably to the naked eye a lot of it stays the same, but there are minute differences that need to be gone over and you need to see the film. Obviously, it's different from last week going over a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense this week. That changes the techniques. You've really got to get that practice in.
Why is the offense converting more third downs? Honestly, I can't tell you, other than I think the offense is in better situations on third down. Now, obviously, we've been in some backed up situations. But I think we're in more manageable situations on third down this year than we were last year. I'm not exactly sure. I'd have to go back and look at the stats. But, from what I can tell, I think that's what's going on there.
Praising rookie Zack Martin: As far as Zack goes, he's a really good player. It's really fun to watch him because he plays like a veteran player. He doesn't play like a rookie, and you can tell in his time in college and what he's learned over the summer, he really has a strong football IQ where he really understands the plays. It's not just memorizing looks. He really understands why things happen, and how adjustments have to be made based on certain looks.
Facing Jason Hatcher: That's going to be a lot of fun. Obviously, he's going to be fired up playing against us. But, you know, for us, it kind of reverts to what we were doing in practice last year. We get a chance to play against him again, just like last year. He's a really good player, and that's going to be a challenge for us. Obviously, playing at game pace is a little bit different than playing in practice as well. But, you know, we're definitely looking forward to it, and it'll be nice to shake his hand after the game.
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