Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Orlando Scandrick ready to compete
By Calvin Watkins
Nothing seems to bother slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
Last year, he was battling for playing time with Mike Jenkins, but Scandrick maintained his spot as the slot corner. Jenkins played more outside corner and some safety in 2012. This year, the Cowboys drafted B.W. Webb in the fourth round to possibly challenge Scandrick for playing time.
"Last year, I was supposed to be competing with Mike for the same position and this year it's something new," Scandrick said. "It doesn't affect me."
Scandrick finished the season with zero interceptions, only the second time in his career he didn't register one. Scandrick did finish with four pass breakups and two tackles for loss. However, Scandrick's season ended in November after he fractured his left hand in a loss to Washington.
"It was very frustrating, given the circumstances that happened with our team," Scandrick said. "I wasn't able to come back off injured reserve. I got a chance to sit back and reflect and see the game from a different perspective. I think it was good."
With the Cowboys moving to a 403 defense, it doesn't change Scandrick's role much. He will learn some new techniques and terminology, but this new scheme is supposed to create more turnovers.
"You don't really have it all in yet," said Scandrick, who has three career interceptions in five NFL seasons. "You learn it on the fly. It will give us a chance to make a lot of plays. I wouldn't say my role changes because the scheme is different. It's a little different for me, similar things that I did, different terminology. It will be a learning experience for me. I have to come (in) every day and take notes and re-learn a lot of things."