You know the 'ol saying, "Two wrongs don't make a right."?
WELL THREE RIGHTS MAKE A LEFT SO HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?
This is a joke that I look to make as many times as I can in normal day and somehow managed to go over a year without doing here at Inside The Star. You're welcome.
The word "right" is really important today. I'm going to "write" it a lot. I'm on fire today, aren't I? What am I even talking about?
Claiborne working with the ones at RCB - Scandrick on the left. Have a feeling this is going to continue to go back and forth with Carr.
Morris Claiborne, the 6th Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and general disappointment since, wisely did not have his 5th-Year Option picked up by the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. The Cowboys gambled a little bit on Claiborne and were able to re-sign to him a regular contract, of the one-year type.
The cornerback on the collective minds of Cowboys Nation these days is 2015 absentee, Orlando Scandrick. Drafted in 2008, Scandrick brings plenty of experience to the Cowboys secondary as their best cover corner entering 2016. As is typical for most NFL teams this means that he plays the Left Cornerback spot.
Now it's time to pretend that this is the Cha Cha Slide and slide to the right.
The Right Cornerback spot has been occupied by Brandon Carr chasing down receivers from behind for what seems like forever, but according to the legendary Bryan Broaddus and his keen eye... things might be a'changin' for the 2016 iteration of America's Team.
Morris Claiborne has all the talent in the world. We know that.
It seems that talent, which has rarely floated to the surface in Mo's career, is starting to be noticed by the coaches. Morris is, at the very worst, a carbon copy of Brandon Carr's talent. Playing him at RCB gives the Cowboys more flexibility and athleticism on the outside.
I'm not trying to diss Brandon Carr here, he's just
not very good collateral damage of Mo moving to RCB. Carr still provides significant value to the Cowboys should his role be permanently different for the 2016 season. He's a starting-caliber corner that has never missed a game in his career.
Since most quarterbacks are right-handed, LCBs have to deal with a variety of formations and occasionally slot receivers. Because a wide amount of talent is necessary, that spot is non-negotiable and belongs to Scandrick.
Brandon Carr played RCB during his time in Kansas City that led to Dallas offering him a big-time Free Agent deal in 2012. All throughout OTAs Carr was at RCB with Mo at LCB. It should have been an indication then that the Coaching Staff thought more highly of Claiborne's skillset, and they're proving that by bumping Mo to RCB with a healthy Scandrick at LCB.
Carr will still get to contribute to the team, but this might be a way to ensure that the most talented players are on the field. So go ahead and slide over to the right, Mo. Cha cha real smooth.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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