Cowboys 2009 Training Camp Position Battles To Watch: Number 3

Written by theMBIIIeffect

Part of any team’s offseason revolves around trades.

In Dallas, the biggest trade was cornerback Anthony Henry to Detroit for backup quarterback Jon Kitna.

From this trade comes a new competition for the cornerback spot opposite Terence Newman, a premier cornerback in the NFL.

But this position seems to already have been whittled down to two players: former first-rounder Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick, a fifth-round pick.

Favorite: Mike Jenkins

The draft pedigree does speak for something. Jenkins is fast, but he had some difficulty adjusting to certain aspects of the pro game. Anybody remember his tackle on Brandon Jacobs? Well, his non-tackle.

Jenkins should be a year stronger, a year smarter and a year better. He even vowed to keep the starting job via his blog.

Long Shot: Orlando Scandrick

Scandrick had the better rookie season of the two, no question about it. According to Football Outsider, he was 11th best in success rate and 17th lowest in yards per attempt. Granted, that’s as a nickel back, but that’s still impressive. Still, he came as a low-round pick and that should hurt his cause.

Prediction: Orlando Scandrick

Scandrick might not come out of camp as the winner, but I think the job will eventually be his. He’ll have a chip on his shoulder, and that could put him over the top.

Either way, this tough competition for this position will benefit our defense and will make both players better in the end. We’ll also have one hell of a nickel back when all is said and done.

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