Thursday, June 04, 2009

Wade Phillips: Scandrick and Jenkins "as gifted as any CBs I've been around"

By Tim MacMahon

There are two reasons the Cowboys didn't hesitate to ship former starting CB Anthony Henry to Detroit. Their names are Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick was a fifth-round steal last season, seizing an opportunity created by Terence Newman's training camp injury and claiming the slot corner role as a rookie. Jenkins had an up-and-down rookie season, but the Cowboys are still high on the first-round pick.

Extremely high.

"They're as gifted as any corners I've been around," Wade Phillips said of Scandrick and Jenkins, "and I've been around quite a few good ones."

Phillips says Jenkins and Scandrick are both outstanding in man coverage and making strides in zone coverages while improving their technique. The competition between the second-year cornerbacks should be one of the training camp highlights, although Jerry Jones is trying to downplay the Jenkins vs. Scandrick storyline.

"I think the competition is very positive and I don't want to get into who's No. 1 and who's going to be the starter," Jerry said. "That really is not how it's going to go. It's going to take seven or eight guys back there the way we're going to play it. They're going to play a lot. Equally, I think."