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Newman Sets Sights On Bailey

newman_broncos_330.jpgEntering his fifth season with the Cowboys, CB Terence Newman has become one of the best corners in the NFL, however he has yet to make a Pro Bowl.  During their joint practices this week with the Denver Broncos, Newman got lots of advice and insight from Champ Bailey, who most consider to be the best cornerback in football.  Newman has nothing but respect for Bailey but also wants to supersede him in terms of being the best.  In other words, he wants to be Canton-worthy when he completes his career.

Champ Bailey has nothing but praise for Newman as well, and since he is most likely a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, that’s high praise indeed.  Both corners rarely get passes thrown their way these days, however Bailey always seems to come up with more interceptions than Newman.  Last year, Bailey got a career-best 10 interceptions while Newman had a career-low of only one.   It’s these statistics that seem to hurt Newman more in his bid to become one of the elite corners in the game and continually has him passed over in Pro Bowl voting. 

“That’s really the biggest difference that I see between them,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said. “Newman just doesn’t have the same stats. And that’s what he needs if he wants to be considered one of the best.”

As it stands now, Newman ranks Bailey as the best in the business, but feels he is not far behind.  The last time the two met in a regular season game was in ’05 on Thanksgiving day.  Newman dropped what would have probably been the game winning interception for a TD and the Broncos went on to win in overtime 24-21. 

Hopefully, this season Newman can meet or exceed his own expectations and make some big plays that ultimately win some games and get him to Hawaii for the first time.   Combined with his punt-return skills and what could be some other opportunities in the offense this year, Terence has his mind set on making a big impact.

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