Cowboys’ Stephen Jones ‘feels great’ about where Travis Frederick is in his recovery
Fortunately, we’ve got some good news about Travis Frederick and the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas’ elite center was forced to miss all of last season with an autoimmune disease.
Luckily the disease is treatable, but it often takes a long time to get under control. The hope has always been that Frederick would be able to return for the 2019 season, and things took another step in the right direction Monday.
Over the weekend the Cowboys raised a few eyebrows when they drafted Connor McGovern in the third round. McGovern is an interior lineman from Penn State who can also play center.
At the time some speculated that the drafting of McGovern could mean that Frederick wasn’t recovering at a pace the Cowboys were hoping for, but that apparently isn’t the case.
Speaking to media after the draft, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones insisted the drafting of McGovern had nothing to do with Frederick’s recovery, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
“We feel totally great about where Travis is,” Jones declared.
He also added that he expects Frederick to resume his normal starting role, and “play at the level he’s always played at.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett explained that McGovern was simply the best player available.
“To me, he was a classic case of us doing our best to look up at that board and say, ‘Who is the best player up there?’ He, for us, was by far the best player at that time,” Garrett explained.
Still, it doesn’t hurt that McGovern can provide insurance for Frederick.
He’ll also be able to push guard Connor Williams, last year’s first round pick who was a big disappointment as a rookie.