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Daryl Worley’s Experience Needed Amid Cowboys CB Injuries

The are heading into their Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks without two of their top-three cornerbacks from the start of the season. One player who should get a big uptick in playing time is veteran , and his prior to joining the Cowboys will hopefully serve them well in Seattle.

will be out for multiple weeks with a hamstring he suffered during the comeback win over the Falcons. And will miss at least two more games after he was placed on following the Week 1 loss to the Rams.

scared us on Wednesday by missing practice with a shoulder injury but he returned fully yesterday. At the very least, Dallas should have it's new top CB available against the Seahawks,

But now that leaves Worley, , and rookie Reggie Robinson to fill out the this week. And while Lewis is entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, Worley has far more experience and could be the starter this week opposite Diggs.

A third-round pick in 2016 for the Panthers, Daryl has started in 49 of his 58 games for Carolina and the . He was CB exclusively for the Panthers but was seeing some work at last year for Oakland, and Dallas signed him this based on that versatility.

But while Worley has gotten some looks at safety for the Cowboys it's where they really need him this week.

Daryl Worley
Dallas Cowboys DB Daryl Worley

It's been mostly quiet for the fifth-year DB in his first two weeks. What Worley's best known for right now is failing to catch an easy interception that could've greatly helped the Cowboys during their early-game struggles against Atlanta.

But with Awuzie and Brown definitely out Dallas needs someone who can play the outside. They will likely deploy Jourdan Lewis in the slot as it's where he's best suited.

Covering Seattle's will likely fall to Lewis and Trevon Diggs depending on where the speedy WR lines up. That means Worley could be seeing a lot of D.K. Metcalf, who's already having a big year with eight catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in just two weeks.

One of those games came against , who's currently on the short list for “Best in the NFL.”

Daryl Worley has never been anywhere close to that list during his time the NFL. He's been a journeyman; already on his third team in five years.

But whatever shortcomings there in his game, Worley's experience as a starting CB makes him a far better candidate this week than Reggie Robinson. He's also still just 25 years old, compared to in his late 70s (I kid, I kid).

While we will certainly welcome Awuzie and Brown back to the lineup once they're available, this week forces us to root for Daryl Worley in what should be a significant role against one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Perhaps he can be an unlikely hero as the Cowboys strive to keep the momentum going from last week.

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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