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    Cowboys Expect C Travis Frederick Back for Offseason Program

    Lost in yesterday's hoopla over 's return was a positive about . In his comments to the media, said that Frederick's recovery timetable should allow him to a full participant in the team's program.

    After never missing a start in his first five years, Travis missed all of 2018 dealing with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The disease attacked his neurological system and required immediate and intensive treatment.

    While performed admirably in Frederick's absence, he's not an elite talent. Travis has been arguably the best center in the NFL since entering the league in 2013.

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    It's hard to qualify what effect not having Frederick had on the Cowboys in 2018. still led the league in rushing, but short-yardage plays weren't as automatic as we've seen in past years. A 4th-and-1 stuff was part of what led to the Cowboys' loss this past Saturday.

    was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL in 2018. After being sacked just 25 and 32 times in his first two seasons, the number skyrocketed to 56 .

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    That's not all on Frederick, of course. had some health issues and there were was turnover at left .

    But having your All-Pro veteran center out there to help with the pre-snap reads, and help the rookie guard on his left, might have helped avoid some of those issues.

    Indeed, Travis Frederick's return is just one of many reasons for optimism with the . One of the best players on the team, he was sorely missed this year and can only help as Dallas looks to build on their division title and playoff appearance.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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