Friday, March 14, 2014
Scouting Will Herring
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – Will Herring is the third free-agent acquisition the Dallas Cowboys have made, joining Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain.
He has been mostly a special-teams player for the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, but his one start defensively came a year ago against the Cowboys in New Orleans’ 49-17 win. He finished with three defensive tackles and two special-teams stops.
Herring played mostly weak inside linebacker for his 12 snaps, but played some weakside linebacker when Rob Ryan went with a four-man base defense look. His last snap was DeMarco Murray’s touchdown run when Herring was slow to scrape over the top and missed Murray at the 5. Herring was cracked by Dwayne Harris on a running play but did a nice job in coverage on James Hanna and made a quick tackle. On Murray’s long run, Herring tracked down the field to make the stop, showing some hustle. But mostly he had a hard time getting off blocks.
Special teams was a little different, and the Cowboys paid special attention to him. He stopped Harris on a kick return by pushing by Hanna and he stopped Cole Beasley on a squib quick. After that he was double-teamed on back-to-back kickoff returns. The Cowboys doubled him on a punt return, too.
The Saints kept him to the kicker's left but they mixed up his positioning so teams couldn’t get a read on where he would be.
He will help on special teams.