Ranking the Dallas Cowboys defense vs. the NFC East

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Nov 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) and strong safety Barry Church (42) defend a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) during the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Backs

  1. New York (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Cooper Taylor)
  2. Washington (Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Will Blackmon, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho)
  3. Philadelphia (Nolan Carroll, Leodis McKelvin, Eric Rowe, Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod)
  4. Dallas (Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, Byron Jones, Barry Church)

The Giants spending spree didn’t stop up front.  They bolstered the back end as well, signing Jenkins to a $62M contract with $28M guaranteed while using a top ten draft pick on cornerback Eli Apple from Ohio State.

Adding those two to Rodgers-Cromartie and Collins puts them ahead of the biggest free agent signing of the offseason in the Nation’s capital.

Yes, Josh Norman played lights out last year, but let’s see how well he plays minus the great defensive line he leaves behind in Carolina.  Breeland is underrated and helps solidify the Redskins number two spot as does the move of Hall to safety.

The Eagles get the bump over the Cowboys for two reasons.  The first one is that they may employ the best pair of starting safeties in the division.  Two, there are too many questions about the Cowboys back end.

How will Scandrick return from his injury?  Will Claiborne and Carr ever have their play back up their talk about having a chip on their shoulder?  Can Jones be what the organization needs as a full-time safety?

Talent-wise, the Cowboys might be better than the Eagles but until that gets displayed on the field, Dallas will be bringing up the rear in the comparison.

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