Mailbag: The forgotten rookie corner, and the Darrelle Revis question

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The Forgotten Rookie Corner

Marquez White represents a return to normalcy for Dallas in the way they evaluate corners. Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown are all, for varying reasons, breaks from Dallas’ recent history in selecting corners.

While White possesses the prototype height and length that Dallas has coveted in corners over the years, he is also very flag prone. He’s often falling off balance in coverage, which is mainly due to some sloppy footwork, to put it generously. White did show some ball skills during his senior season at Florida State, picking off two passes and knocking away another four.

I think White will make the team as the sixth corner. The Cowboys like his skill set and will work to mold him into an NFL player on the outside, since nickel isn’t really an option. Don’t expect much contribution from him in 2017. If he sees the field, it’s because things have gone horribly wrong with the rest of the depth chart.

Darrelle Revis

“Is Revis a real option for the Cowboys?”

– Jack R. via email

I don’t believe so, but you probably don’t have six corners that are better than him right now.

I have my doubts that Revis would command a salary in excess of Dallas’ budget, I just think they are committed to the youth movement. Revis will be 32 years old next month, which would make him not only the oldest player in the secondary, but it would also make him the oldest player on defense by more than a year.

We’ve seen Revis’ play decline sharply the last two seasons, not dissimilar to Nnamdi Asomugha who also saw sharp decline in play beginning with his age 30 season. Has Revis declined so much that he’s now a worse player than Nolan Carroll, Orlando Scandrick, or Marquez White? No. Do you have enough positional flexibility in the secondary that you could afford to invest time in the Revis-to-safety experiment? Probably.

I’d take a gamble on Revis for cheap veteran money, and then part ways with Carroll or Scandrick. I don’t think that’s something they will do however.

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