Orlando Scandrick recorded the play of the day at Cowboys training camp when he slobber-knocked Roy Williams, separating the big, strong receiver from both the ball and his helmet. He and the rest of the defensive secondary continue to turn heads and raise eyebrows. Considering the burnt toast the Cowboys have all too often been left smelling in recent years, any good news coming from the last line of defense is REALLY good news.
As for Scandrick, he seems to be following a strong rookie season with a promising camp. You may remember that it was reported that June Jones told Wade Phillips, after he had drafted the cornerback in the 5th round, that Scandrick was the best cornerback his Hawaii team had ever faced. Coach Jones apparently felt that Scandrick was the steal of the draft. With Scandrick competing for the second cornerback spot, and almost certain to be no worse than the third cornerback on the team, he will get ample opportunity to live up to those lofty expectations in 2009.
With the subtractions of safety Roy Williams and cornerback Anthony Henry, the secondary will certainly need the likes of Scandrick, Mike Jenkins, and newly-added safety Gerald Sensabaugh to be stand-up, if not standout, players. Jerry Jones has said that Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme relies on speed in the defensive backfield, and this year’s edition certainly has plenty of that.
All of this leads me to pose this question, sports fans: