The Cowboys are refusing to move disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins, who lost his starting job this offseason when the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne. They have ignored trade requests from the Colts and the Lions. One of the reasons for this, according to NFL.com, is because the Cowboys want to use their extra depth at cornerback to counter their lack of depth and starting caliber talent at safety.
In this plan, Jenkins would play on the slot in some or most nickel packages, while nickelback Orlando Scandrick would slide further inside to safety next to Gerald Sensabaugh. This would allow the Cowboys to get 4 cornerbacks on the field on around 50% or so of their snaps if they use the formation enough, given how much teams are in nickel sub packages these days. Presumably, Scandrick would move back to cornerback in dime packages.
This would allow the Cowboys to mask the fact that they really only have one starting caliber cornerback on the roster. Sensabaugh is a solid player, but at the other safety spot, the oft injured Brodney Pool will compete with the inexperienced Barry Church for the starting job. They also used a 4th round pick on Matt Johnson, a safety, but he’ll probably focus on special teams as a rookie.
The plan makes a lot of sense, except for the fact today that Scandrick spoke out against the plan saying a move to safety was “not happening.” It’s rare for a player to speak out so strongly against a coach’s plan and it’s definitely not a good sign for the Cowboys who already have one disgruntled cornerback. ESPN’s John Clayton originally reported that the Cowboys would not be making any moves in the secondary until Training Camp. That probably is still the case. If Jenkins is moved, it’ll be then.