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News: DC.com: Around The Corner - Position Series: Cornerbacks

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by CCBoy, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Around The Corner
    Position Series: Cornerbacks
    Nick Eatman
    DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer


    Pressing Matters: Like several positions, the cornerback spot is included in areas that could be addressed or changed this offseason. Terence Newman is scheduled to count $10 million on the books next season. While that seems pricey, he was not among the top 25 highest-paid corners in 2010 and doesn't figure to be in that range again in 2011. The Cowboys have two young corners in Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick and several draft analysts are pegging the team to take a cornerback in the first round, with Nebraska's Prince Amukamara as the projected target. If that happens, it would likely be a crowded and expensive cornerback position, with three first-round picks in the fold.

    2010 Evaluation: Without a doubt, the cornerback play dropped off considerably in 2010. Look no further than the NFC Pro Bowl team. Jenkins and Newman made the Pro Bowl in 2009, albeit both as alternates, but their success didn't carryover to 2010, just like the overall performance of the defense. Throw in Scandrick, and all three cornerbacks had games to forget. All of them had key plays that led to victories as well. Scandrick went through a rough stretch early in the season but picked it up in the second half of the year. His interception return for a touchdown off Peyton Manning was not only a highlight of his young career, but beneficial in the Cowboys' overtime win. In that same game, Jenkins pretty much summed up his entire rollercoaster season. He gave up several big plays to Reggie Wayne, who had 14 catches for 200 yards, but it was Jenkins' key pass deflection in overtime that led to a Sean Lee interception and eventually a game-winning field goal. When it comes to Newman's production, he was erratic at times last year, but also dealt with injuries during the middle of the season, including a rib injury that plagued his performance for about five games...
  2. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Position Series: Cornerbacks
    February, 24, 2011 Feb 241:00AM
    By Calvin Watkins

    Players: Terence Newman (signed through 2014), Orlando Scandrick (signed through 2011), Mike Jenkins (signed through 2012), Bryan McCann (signed through 2012) and Ross Weaver (free agent)

    Top free agents: Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders; Phillip Buchanon, Washington Redskins; Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets; William Gay, Pittsburgh Steelers; Jonathan Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals.

    Top draft prospects: Patrick Peterson, LSU; Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; Jimmy Smith, Colorado; Brandon Harris, Miami; Aaron Williams, Texas.

    2010 review: Where do we begin with how this unit performed? The bad: After reaching the Pro Bowl in 2009, Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman did not play up to that level in 2010. Newman did have five interceptions, tying for the team lead with safety Gerald Sensabaugh, but it was clear for the season overall, the secondary struggled. The corners were called for 17 penalties and allowed too many big plays. The good: Jenkins is young enough (he turns 26 in March) that you believe he can play better in 2011. Newman, who will be entering his ninth season, needs a bounce-back campaign. Orlando Scandrick played well from the slot and was probably the best corner on the team. It will be interesting if the Cowboys give Scandrick a chance to win a starting job in 2011. Bryan McCann has promise but needs more reps in training camp and preseason.


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