There is likely no one Dallas Cowboys’ player who has more to prove this season than 30-year old cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Once touted as the team’s best defensive player, Scandrick has not been able to live up to that lofty title in recent years.
A devastating knee injury that robbed Scandrick of playing the entire 2015 season likely has something to do with that. Coming back from that injury, the eight-year veteran didn’t look like himself at times last season.
This offseason, not only did the Cowboys select cornerbacks in the second, third and sixth rounds of the NFL draft, Scandrick was also rumored to be on the trading block.
Yet, somehow, Scandrick survived. And although the defensive secondary around him has changed, the veteran is still standing and expected to be a big part of the Cowboys defense resurgence this season. He was even elected as a team captain this week for the first time in his NFL career.
Orlando Scandrick has always played with a chip on his shoulder. After everything that’s happened this offseason, that chip is likely the size of Texas right now. I’m not sure any one player in Big “D” has more to prove this season than him.