The return of the Dallas Cowboys looks to be happening in front of our very eyes.
It’s been over 20 years since this Cowboys team has been in the Super Bowl and it appears that they are on the right path to get back to the big game, as early as 2017. With the offense set up for success with the 2016 rookie class led by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, it’s up to the defense to get up to par this season.
The Cowboys used this past April’s draft to repair a defense that was bottom third of the league in passing defense. To do this, the Cowboys used three of their draft picks to secure depth at the cornerback position. They selected Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie in the second-round, Jourdan Lewis from Michigan in the third-round, and followed that up with a third corner later in the draft in Marquez White.
That leaves the Cowboys with an interesting decision at hand with Orlando Scandrick. If this rookie class turns out to be as good as some feel they can be, what will the Cowboys do with Scandrick? He has not been a healthy player for this team over the last couple years and will likely be battling it out with rookie Lewis for the slot corner.
Per 247 Sports, Scandrick tells the Cowboys faithful that they don’t need to worry about him, he is about to return to prime form in 2017.
Following the NFL draft, plenty of rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Scandrick becoming available for trade if any team is interested. The Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has since said that the Cowboys made no such trade attempts of their veteran, but it seems that even with the answer by Jones, Scandrick is still not pleased.
“I hold myself to a higher standard than anyone around here can hold me to, than anybody in the media can hold me to and I’m just going to continue to work and be the best that I can be,” said Scandrick after Cowboys’ first minicamp practice, via the team’s official website. “…Last year was a grind. I had never been through an injury. I’ve been fairly healthy. And then to come back from a major knee surgery and then deal with a soft-tissue injury, and then deal with a foot injury — it was just a lot.
“…But that’s behind me. That all made me stronger. I’ve refocused this offseason, and I accept the challenge of the new guys coming in. …but like I told them, I’m not going to give anybody my job. …The time is now and my time is now, and I ain’t looking over my shoulder wondering what’s gonna happen. I’m just going out trying to get better and trying to get back to where I was.
“I feel like I was an ascendant player when I tore my ACL, and I wanna get back to that.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spent some face-to-face time before practice with CB Orlando Scandrick: pic.twitter.com/PnZkuq4MV6
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) June 14, 2017
Jerry Jones has a quick talk with CB Orlando Scandrick who says he's finally back to himself after missing 2015 season with knee injury. pic.twitter.com/2zPQKDmj2J
— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) June 14, 2017
Scandrick is the last man standing in the Cowboys cornerback group, and is the lone true veteran of this secondary in Dallas. If he can return to his form that he was prior to the recent injuries, the Cowboys not only will be deep at CB, but they will also have a nice group of guys that can cover some of the league’s top talent.
When healthy, Scandrick has proven that he is a very good corner in this league, but will that be enough to keep him in Dallas with this new look secondary?