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Could Being a Former Falcon Help CB Deante Burton’s Future w/ Cowboys?

Since the middle of the , has been trying to find a regular role with the . While he doesn't feel like a roster favorite currently, could Burton's with the and new work in his favor?

After a college career at playing , Burton went undrafted in 2017 and signed as a with the Falcons while Quinn was their . Known for liking bigger , Quinn immediately converted the 6'2, 205 Deante to a cornerback.

Spending his rookie year on Atlanta's , Burton returned jn 2018 and was released at final cuts. He was claimed off waivers by Green Bay (then coached by ) but released after two inactive games. The Falcons re-signed him to their practice squad immediately.

That was Deante's life for over two seasons, bouncing between the bottom of rosters and practice squads with Atlanta, Green Bay, Houston, and Indianapolis. But when the Cowboys signed Burton off the Colts' practice squad in November it gave him his most stable job thus far in the .

Burton finished 2019 as a reserve corner for Dallas and then returned in 2020 to mostly live on the practice squad. Deante was called up for two games last year under the modified rules due to the COVID-10 pandemic.

Returning for another opportunity in 2021, Burton still has the intriguing size and even some now throughout his various stops. But now age is a factor as Deante turns 27 next week; a major disadvantage compared to younger prospects the Cowboys are taking to camp.

But outside of a few rookies, Burton has an advantage now of having once been a handpicked project for Dan Quinn. Could that reunion give Deante an over some other prospects for the bottom of the Cowboys roster?

The current numbers at cornerback aren't friendly. You could already argue that five Cowboys are locks to make the team: , , , , and Nahshon Wright. Plus there's second-year prospects Reggie Robinson and ace to account for.

Burton finds himself in a tough spot with veterans like and Rashard Robinson, all hoping to force their way onto the right side of the cut line.

Given his size, perhaps Deante could get a look at ? There's way less competition there and guys like and aren't that different from Burton; veterans just hoping they can outlast younger talent to fill out the .

Having only appeared in 10 games during his four seasons, Deante Burton certainly doesn't have much experience to mitigate his age. But if he's developed his game since those humble beginnings in Atlanta, could Burton once again catch the eye of Dan Quinn and extend his stay with the Cowboys?

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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