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Orlando Scandrick Is A Shadow Of His Former Self

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Is Orlando Scandrick A Player In His Decline?

The Dallas Cowboys are just two games into their 2016 season and unfortunately there are several players not living up to the teams, fans, or even their own expectations. It's sad I know, but unfortunately factual.

This is especially true for arguably the Cowboys best cornerback, Orlando Scandrick.

If you are anything like me, then you were really looking forward to seeing Scandrick back on the field this year after missing the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL and MCL knee injury.

Personally, I was so excited about Orlando Scandrick's return that I wrote an article back in May about how I thought he would be the key to success for the Cowboys defense.

Unfortunately, things haven't quite gone Scandrick's way so far in 2016. So much so that he looks like a shadow of his former self.

Now, I'm not saying that he is starting to decline as a player, although that may be happening. What I am saying is that he doesn't look nearly like the player the he did prior to his 2015 knee injury.

Scandrick's problems on the field this year mostly have to do with the reoccurring injuries that he has been battling through.Cowboys Headlines - Orlando Scandrick Is A Shadow Of His Former Self

We saw him leave the game briefly in Week 1 against the New York Giants with a tweaked hamstring, only to return a little later and play through the injury.

Despite the lingering effects of a tweaked hamstring, he still managed to battle through the discomfort and help his team beat the division rival Washington Redskins, thus helping the Dallas Cowboys avoid a 0-2 start.

Unfortunately, the word on the street is that Orlando Scandrick has not practiced all week  and is dealing with not one, but two strained hamstrings. Double Whammy Hammy!?

This is definitely concerning news considering a CB depends on their speed and change of direction abilities to cover wide receivers all over the field in the NFL.

Quarterbacks at this level are a lot like sharks, and if they smell blood in the water they know exactly where to attack. So, you know defensive coordinators and quarterbacks around the league are well aware that #32 is less than 100%.

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys' opponent with this week is dealing with their own rash of injuries and this could possibly be the closest to a give me game that the Cowboys could ask for all season.

The Chicago Bears have an abundance of players injured on both sides of the ball and that could allow the Cowboys to sit Scandrick this game in hopes that another week of rest will allow him to get back closer to 100%.

I know I'm not the one making the decisions, but I think I would be extremely cautious in regards of how I would handle Scandrick's hamstring injuries.

He didn't really get the benefit of the off-season to knock off the rust or get into "football shape". The Cowboys coaching/training staff decided it would be better to take the cautious approach and I think that is exactly what they should do now.

Remember, the 2016 season has just started and there is a lot of football ahead of us.

If Orlando Scandrick continues to miss practice I don't think I would suit him up at all, but the Cowboys may decide to keep him on the active roster for the Bears game Sunday night and play him only in an emergency situation.

Who knows, maybe Scandrick can pull a Peter Pan and catch his shadow prior to the 2015 knee injury?

Whatever happens, we have to be thinking of the long-term goal and that requires doing what is best for not only #32, but the entire team.

Do you agree or disagree?

Let me hear what you think in the comment section below.



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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4 Comments
  • Kevin Black

    Injuries to your legs are so detrimental to playing in the secondary. I’m not talking about his knees, but his hamstrings. Right now his body seems to be compensating and putting more pressure on his hamstrings during gameplay. He’s going to have to work through it and try and strengthen them when he can. Not an ideal situation for him, but knowing Scandrick, he will do what’s necessary to get on the field at 100%.

    • Brian Martin

      Kevin, that’s kind of the point I was trying to make in my article. That’s why I think it would be a good idea to allow him to rest up this week against the Bears. I’m not sure I would even suit him up for the game, but the Cowboys may choose to and just play him in emergency situations.

  • Kevin Washington

    Sit him!! With all the Bears injuries I think the Boy’s will be fine. We’re going to need Scandrick as healthy as possible later in the year. I forget the backups name right now but he’s not bad, especially with their relievers banged up.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Kevin. Rookie cornerback Anthony Brown would be the one filling in for Scandrick. Brown has played pretty well when on the field and the Chicago Bears don’t really have an impressive group of wide receivers to cover. But, I do agree with sitting 32.

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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

Jane Slater on Twitter

Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! → https://t.co/XeSTt2tIpX

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.



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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott

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Takeaway Tuesday: Prescott's Legs Give Offense a Much Needed Spark

Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

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Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.

Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.



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