Cowboys break out corner rotation

October, 24, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- At the beginning of the Cowboys’ season cornerback depth seemed to be one of the club’s biggest issues.

Mike Jenkins was coming back from a stinger. Terence Newman missed almost all of camp and the entire preseason with a groin injury. Orlando Scandrick suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener at the New York Jets, which forced safety Barry Church to play some corner.

In Sunday’s 34-7 win against St. Louis the Cowboys used every cornerback on the roster with the starting defense at some point and not because of injury.

Newman, Jenkins and Scandrick handled the bulk of the work, but Alan Ball and Frank Walker also saw snaps in the regular defense.

“We started off playing a lot of man and that kept everybody fresh,” Newman said. “I think it was a great thing. It’s good to be able to cheer on everybody you work with and practice with. It was fun to see everybody on offense get in. It was a perfect situation. I wish all the games would end like this but it won’t.”

This week’s foe, Philadelphia, will challenge the Cowboys’ secondary much more than the Rams did with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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