Cowboys: Orlando Scandrick is Good but Replaceable

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Nov 2, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Tyler Patmon (20) returns an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Patmon

Tyler Patmon, the 5’10” cornerback from Oklahoma State, is my early pick to fill the nickel cornerback role. The quick-reacting undrafted free agent, made a name for himself last season returning an interception for touchdown against Arizona.

This season, Patmon again made headlines fighting with Dez Bryant during a heated training camp matchup. Lost in the attention of the fight, was how well Patmon has been playing in Oxnard. Patmon doesn’t have dominant tangible skills, but his intangibles set him apart from his peers.

Covering from the slot is an exceedingly difficult task. Without the benefit of a sideline, the inside CB is forced to play chase in majority of coverage situations. Microseconds make a difference here and Patmon is one of the twitchiest and quickest reacting players the Cowboys have in this secondary.

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Regardless of who plays where, it’s highly unlikely anyone will have the tiniest bit of success unless the Cowboys can generate a more effective pass-rush. The Cowboys added Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory this offseason, and both appear to be clear pass-rushing upgrades on the edge. Hardy is facing a four game suspension, but Gregory looks like he can contribute from Day 1.

Most importantly, DeMarcus Lawrence has developed considerably since his rookie campaign, and has a greater chance of logging a double-digit sack campaign than anyone. No one in the NFL (not even Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman) can cover a player without a consistent pass-rush.

If the Cowboys can pressure the passer, the Cowboys’ collection of talent will do just fine sans Orlando Scandrick.

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