One down, five to go. The
Scandrick is expected to sign his four-year, $1.85 million deal on Friday, that includes a $185,000 signing bonus.
[snip]With his top-rate speed, Scandrick might be in position to contribute right away on special teams, seeing that the Cowboys lost several key coverage players last year in Keith Davis, Nate Jones and Jacques Reeves, who all signed with other clubs in free agency.
Todd Archer has some training camp questions. But he ignored a biggie for me; will AJ unseat AH at CB?
[UPDATE] Todd Archer emailed me to let me know he didn't consider AJ vs. AH because these were under-the-radar questions. His bud Calvin Watkins will be writing an article about some of the bigger questions this week. Right on, looking forward to what he has to say on the issue. [END UPDATE]
I guess it had to end some time; the Cowboys special teams unit was ranked #20 by Scouts, Inc. - breaking our Top-10 streak. Harsh.
The Cowboys field a very solid punter and place-kicker to handle their special-teams duties, but their coverage units can be inconsistent at holding field position. P Mat McBriar has a strong leg and can directional-kick and drop the ball inside the 20-yard line effectively. PK Nick Folk is coming off a successful rookie season in which he showed excellent accuracy inside the 50-yard line. Patrick Crayton is sure-handed and reliable at getting upfield as a punt returner but isn't explosive with the ball in his hands. A healthy Terence Newman also should elevate the return production in this area. Miles Austin is solid when returning kicks but isn't dangerous in the open field. First-round draft choice Mike Jenkins could bolster both return teams, and Adam Jones could change the entire complexion of the Cowboys' special-teams units if he's reinstated. Defensive reserves Pat Watkins, Bobby Carpenter and Kevin Burnett are core special-teams standouts who giveAs good as McBriar and Folk are I would think we’d rate higher. And what’s up with not even mentioning the impact Felix Jones could have on kick returns?
a good place to start when it looks to improve its coverage teams. Dallas
Looks like we’ll catch a mini-break in the opening game.
] Browns general manager Phil Savage told WTAM-AM Thursday that [Joe] Jurevicius likely will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Jurevicius would miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Cleveland