Secondary coach Dave Campo doesn’t consider Terence Newman’s performance this season a sign of decline for the 32-year-old cornerback.
Teams averaged 9.3 yards per attempt when targeting Newman, according to Stats Inc. That compares favorably with Mike Jenkins (10.7 yards per attempt) but few other starting cornerbacks in the league.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know that he had a great year, but I do know that he played through injury this year that in some other years he was not able to do,” Campo said of Newman, who dealt with rib and ankle injuries.
Campo didn’t hesitate when asked if Newman had lost any speed, quickness or explosiveness.
“Not when he’s completely healthy,” Campo said. “He can still do everything that he did, as far as I can see.”
The question is whether the Cowboys should count on Newman, who is due to make $8 million next season, to be healthy. That has to be answered by people who rank a lot higher than Campo.