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A Chance to Grow

Jones vs TO

Though it’s never good news to see a player go down with injury, Terrance Newman straining his groin might… just might, act as a gift and a curse. During 1-on-1’s, DBs vs WRs, Terrance Newman came up lame after getting “tangled up” with someone. Newman could not have been that severely hurt because he walked over to the trainer on his own power. Mr. Newman did not return to practice and he probably will not be practicing tomorrow. This comes at a time where the Cowboys have a few talents jockeying for his position.

The obvious person that comes to mind is Adam Jones. However, being not fully reinstated, he will not assume first team responsibilities. That will not stop him from taking on the challenge of lining up across from Terrell Owens (see video here). Also, Jones has been lining up on the right side of the defense, contrary to his left side position with the Titans so he is not in line for his position anyway.

Being drafted in the first round earns Mike Jenkins the task of taking first team reps. This baptism-by-fire is a great way to quickly make the transition from college to the league. When speaking on how Jenkins performed after assuming this role, Dave Campo, coach of the secondary said, “I felt he loosened up and did some good things.”

Fellow first first-year player Orlando Scandrick will be in the same boat as Jenkins, but being drafted four rounds later will defuse the expectations, giving him much more room to grow. Campo said “I think Scandrick came alive a little bit today. I thought this was a good practice for him.” He continued to say, “Today he was talking, he was communicating. He was doing a lot of things, so I see good things there.”

Alan Ball took Jenkins’ spot on the second team. This gave him a chance to face talent like Patrick Crayton, even though the passes were coming from third string (and unsigned) QB Richard Bartel.

I think this injury will turn out a lot like the waiving of Terry Glenn. Newman is obviously the starter. Sitting out practices will merely offer younger players a chance to display their talent. With the CB woes the Cowboys have faced in recent years, let’s hope this injury is not as much of a caveat as it is an opportune moment for the defense to grow.


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