Dallas Cowboys fans were shaken when news came out that Orlando Scandrick was out for the year due to a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, and understandably so.
Scandrick went down during practice on Tuesday during team drills while going against Lucky Whitehead. His knee appeared to buckle on him before being landed on by Whitehead. As Scandrick was being carted away, he was seen hiding his face and wiping away tears with his shirt. He could be heard saying, “It’s my ACL. I know it. It’s gone.”
While it’s easy to write off the injury stating the “next man up” cliche, there’s no overlooking that the Cowboys have lost their best cornerback to a dreaded ACL injury.
Over the past few seasons, Scandrick has improved his play. In fact, last season, Scandrick was one of three starting CBs who did not allow a TD. The other two? Vonte Davis of Indianapolis and Chris Harris of Denver.
The table below shows Scandrick’s performance from 2011-2014 as the primary CB in coverage.
Between preseason, the regular season and the post season, Scandrick played 1083 snaps. He was targeted 88 times while being the primary CB in coverage, surrendering 0 scores to opposing receivers.
The table below shows Scandrick’s performance from 2014 as the primary CB in coverage vs NFCE receivers.
NAME TARGETS RECs YDs TDs INTs Pierre Garcon 2 2 26 0 0 DeSean Jackson 2 1 17 0 0 Andre Roberts 2 0 0 0 0 Odell Beckham Jr 2 2 26 0 0 Jordan Matthews 3 4 9 0 0 Riley Cooper 2 1 7 0 0 Rueben Randle 3 3 31 0 0 Josh Huff 1 1 44 0 0
While he’s far from a shutdown corner, he is a force in the Cowboys secondary that will be sorely missed. He not only made a statement with his play, but with his swagger and leadership. Tyler Patmon, whom Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson says has first crack at Scandrick’s spot. “We’ll start with him and figure out a plan from there.”
Patmon will have big shoes to fill, but the Cowboys and their fans appear excited about his potential. He made a great impression last season allowing 0 TDs and snagging 2 INTs.
The Cowboys certainly have depth at the cornerback position this season, but it’s always unfortunate to lose a player of Scandrick’s caliber.
Perhaps the self titled “Lion Hearted” second year player can lessen the blow. If training camp is a sign of things to come, it’s easy to see that Patmon is a fighter.