Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Profile: Orlando Scandrick

By Ben Grimaldi
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I’ve never understood the venom Dallas Cowboys fans have for cornerback Orlando Scandrick. He’s a good player at a specialized position, yet for some reason Cowboys fans cannot stand the best slot corner on the team, and frankly one of the best in the league.

Defending the slot receiver is one of the most difficult jobs in the NFL and according to ProFootballFocus.com, in 2012 Scandrick only allowed 20 completions and zero touchdowns on the year. In fact, his completion rate and yards per snap were better than both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, which is difficult to do while playing the slot position.

Scandrick did miss five games with a fractured left hand and failed to record an interception for the first time since his rookie year but he was on his way to a very good season in 2012. So what can Cowboys fans expect from Scandrick in 2013?

For one thing, they can expect a good training camp battle with the newly drafted B.W. Webb. Webb was drafted to bolster the Cowboys cornerback position and is expected to push Scandrick for the first man up as the slot corner. Dallascowboys.com scout Bryan Broaddus believes that Scandrick had a great offseason and believes he will keep the job and have a good season. Scandrick has been the Cowboys slot corner for the past five seasons and has been effective for then in that role. 

Cowboys fans may not like Scandrick because of the contract extension he received a few years but he plays an important position on their defense and has been a good defender in the slot. Don’t look for much to change in 2013 and expect Scandrick to be the Cowboys first-string slot cornerback.

Ben is a Cowboys writer for Rantsports.com and you can chat with or follow Ben on twitter @BenGrimaldi, or add him on Google+

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