Doug Free was far from flawless Saturday night in his first action starting at right guard. But the 29-year-old offensive tackle probably did better than many thought he would especially considering he was going against arguably the best defensive tackle in the game Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins.

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was very pleased with Free’s performance saying during a Tuesday morning radio interview that Free “was nothing short of amazing.”

“He was naturally up to the task” Jones told the New School show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “He was quick with his hands that was a real plus. … It was impressive. I don’t want to get too far over our skis here but it looked good.

“We may have something here with these two guys. It certainly is promising.”

In a search to find the Cowboys’ best first-team offensive line combination Free moved from right tackle to right guard and Jermey Parnell stepped into the right tackle position Saturday night. Parnell played 70 percent of the offensive snaps and Free played 69 percent.

After underperforming last season Free accepted a pay cut in May. Instead of being one of the highest paid offensive tackles in the league and making a base salary of $15 million over the next two seasons Free’s salary was reduced to a total of $7 million over the 2013 and 2014 seasons.