Monday, September 2, 2013
Dallas thin at corner, but not at 2010 level
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- It seems odd for a team to carry only four cornerbacks, like the Cowboys are doing at present, in such a pass-happy league, but in 2010 they were even more strange by carrying just three.
Cowboys opened that season with Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick as the only true cornerbacks on the 53-man roster with safeties Alan Ball and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah also having some cornerback ability.
In Week 2 they added Bryan McCann to the practice squad but did not add him to the active roster until Nov. 4. In two of his first three games McCann made game-winning plays with touchdowns against the New York Giants, which was Jason Garrett’s first game, and Deroit.
On Saturday the Cowboys chose to cut Sterling Moore and keep corners Scandrick, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and B.W. Webb, who struggled in two of his five preseason games and gave up two touchdowns in the finale versus Houston.
On Sunday, the Cowboys signed Micah Pellerin to the practice squad, so he would at least be available for a call-up by the end of the week.
The Cowboys are taking a risk, but somehow it did not bite them in 2010 when they took an even bigger risk.