Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) drops into coverage during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers in a preseason NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The top five cornerbacks are unlikely to change. All five players have separated themselves from the pack and appear to be a pretty talented unit after all. Morris Claiborne is being moved along slowly, but may have a chance to start with the loss of Orlando Scandrick.
Brandon Carr, despite his injury, seems determined to bounce back after a truly terrible Cowboys’ tenure. He’s been a strong competitor in training camp and may be able to bounce back if he can get that pass-rush he’s longed for. Many are expecting good things for Carr in 2015
Corey White has played the best of the group and appears to have a big role on the Cowboys in 2015. He is confident, aggressive, athletic, and always in position to make plays.
"“I think he understands the culture that we have on our team and how we practice and how we work and I think he’s benefited from that, coach Jason Garrett said of Corey White. “He’s a talented guy, and I think he’s understood the techniques we’re trying to use, and the scheme we’re trying to use on defense. I think he understands that better and better each day that he’s out here. He has some versatility. He can play corner, he can play inside as a nickel, he can play safety. We’re trying to give him chances to do that…”"
Tyler Patmon and Byron Jones round out the unit and both are chomping at the bit to make plays. This is a highly-talented and highly competitive unit that has boom or bust potential primarily linked to the effectiveness of the Cowboys pass-rush.
The Cowboys will be willing to go deep at CB since both Corey White and the Byron Jones will be playing some free safety in select packages. Both players are highly versatile and both players are instantly better coverage safeties (both man and zone) than J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church.
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