Woes in the defensive secondary are nothing knew for the Dallas Cowboys. After previous attempts to address the concern fell short of the mark, the team once again took a defensive back in the first round of the recent NFL Draft. They also went to the waiver wire market by claiming former New Orleans Saints defensive back Corey White. The Samford product was waived by the Saints after three seasons in the league.
During his time in NOLA, White was a part-time starter, getting the first-string nod in 19 of his 41 career games. During that time he recorded 125 tackles, four interceptions and he forced two fumbles. He has experience at both cornerback and free safety. That flexibility is something that will appeal to the coaching staff. So will efforts like the one that White delivered in the 17-7 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
During the game's second stanza White came away with deflected passes, and in both instances he nearly came away with the football. The Cowboys are one of four teams that tied for seventh in the league for team interceptions last season. The 18 total picks was a decent number, a slight improvement from the team's 11th place ranking in 2013, but there is room for improvement. White thinks that he can be the man who helps Dallas crack the top five, assuming that he starts holding on to the ball.
"I should have had all of them. I’ve got to hold myself to a higher standard. I’ve got to get there. They didn’t score either of those possessions, though." - Corey White
White knows that he is going to have to continue to impress the coaches by pushing himself harder. By striving for that higher standard, he hopes he will continue to impress the coaches and earn more opportunities to show off the instincts that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was bragging about after the first preseason contest.
He is doing everything he can to insure that he has at least one more fall on the gridiron.
"Whatever they ask me to do, I do it,. I’m just trying to get on the roster."
Corey White started making his case with an impressive opening argument on Thursday night.