4. Eric Scott / 5. Noah Igbinoghene
What a difficult year it was for cornerbacks Eric Scott Jr. and Noah Igbinoghene.
Scott was taken in the sixth round of the 2023 draft to help provide some depth to this CB room, while Igbinoghene was acquired in the Kelvin Joseph trade with the Miami Dolphins at the end of the preseason to fulfill that same goal.
Unfortunately, neither guy ended up contributing much. Scott didn't get a chance to make his NFL debut at any point during the 2023 campaign, as he was made inactive for every contest. Meanwhile, Igbinoghene joined him on the bench more often than not, as the vet suited up in just five contests for Dallas.
Even a blocked kick return for touchdown in Week 1 didn't help Igbinoghene crack this rotation on a consistent basis.
More concerningly for these guys is the fact the Cowboys had numerous injuries to key cornerbacks all season, and they still didn't play much (or at all most weeks).
Igbinoghene's now set to free agency, which makes a split easy for Dallas. Scott has a sixth-round pick contract keeping him in town for now, but if he couldn't get playing time for a win-now squad, what's going to be different with the same goal and an even shorter leash for McCarthy in 2024?
Factor in the return of Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland's emergence leading to a big role next campaign, and it could be another long year on the bench for Scott, if he even survives the preseason.
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