IRVING, Texas – Mackenzy Bernadeau hasn’t played well in his first four games as a Dallas Cowboy. The Cowboys offensive line has been one of the worst in the league and none of the starting five have struggled more than their right guard.
“I got some improvements to make,” Bernadeau admitted Thursday. “I have some things I have to work on. I just have to be more consistent.”
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Bernadeau is ranked 68th among all guards in the NFL that have received at least 25 percent of their teams’ snaps.
When asked if he was dealing with any injuries, Bernadeau, who had right hip surgery in May, responded: “I’m good enough to play.”
Bernadeau played four seasons in Carolina, starting 20 games, before signing a four-year, $11 million contract with the Cowboys in March.
The Cowboys are averaging 3.4 yards per carry and 67.8 yards per game. Both stats rank them among the bottom five teams in the NFL. Of the Cowboys’ 70 rushing attempts this season, only three have gone toward the right guard position, which ranks 31st among 32 NFL teams. Those three plays have averaged 1.67 yards per attempt, which ranks 30th.
The passing game averages are much better but Tony Romo, who has been sacked eight times, continues to have little time to operate in the pocket.
In terms of what the offensive line must do to improve their production in both the running and passing game, Bernadeau said it’s a combination of things.
“You can’t pinpoint it on one specific thing,” he said. “Sometimes some things work, sometimes some things don’t. Obviously we’re going to get better. We’re working hard. We’re putting in the time and we’re putting in the work and we’re going to get better.”