Cornerback – The melee (Everyone battles everyone. What fun!)
Think Connor Williams feels bad? How do you think cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis feel? Both were drafted three years ago. Awuzie started for three years. Lewis has started periodically, and has made four interceptions in his time on the squad. Plus, the wily defensive back even had four sacks last year.
And yet, Dallas drafted two cornerbacks anyway, a huge vote of no confidence in the pair. Rookies Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II look to muscle the veterans out of the way.
In addition, the Cowboys also have: slot corner Anthony Brown, free agents Maurice Canady and Daryl Worley, special teams ace C.J. Goodwin, and the no-name bunch (Chris Westry, D.J. White, and Deante Burton, whoever they are).
That’s 11 guys. Last year, Dallas kept six. I don’t know about you, but I’m picturing a garroting in the locker room. Seriously, it’s going to be a blood bath.
The truth is this is actually two battles in one. First, there’s the blue-collar battle between the bottom seven guys battling it out for two, possibly three slots. But there’s also the more high-profile, matinee-idol battle for the starting outside corner slots.
Will Trevon Diggs start on opening day as many have predicted? Could be… But what about the other corner? That might be the toughest battle of all, between Awuzie, Lewis, the two free agents Canady and Worley, and the other rookie Robinson. Are you ready to rumble?!?!?!
Not so wild card: Chidobe Awuzie moving to safety. We’ve heard rumblings about this since the draft, and it might happen. But it might not. Just one more piece of drama to keep your eyes on.
That’s it. The three most likely training camp battles to be thick, fierce, and super-entertaining! Only a month to go! Get out your stop watches, people!