Cowboys News and Notes: 5/27/10 (Martellus Bennett, Orlando Scandrick, Patrick Crayton)
- Coach Wade Phillips called Martellus Bennett the team’s best-blocking tight end.
This is obviously huge praise for a guy on the same team as All-Pro tight end Jason Witten. It also supports our “B+” grade for Bennett’s blocking in 2009.
We think Sensabaugh will improve in 2010, but it is way too soon to offer him a long-term deal. We gave him a “C” overall grade for his work last year, as he gave up a 67.4% completion rate and had the worst Dallas Cowboys Times Pass Defense Rating.
- Cornerback Orlando Scandrick broke his finger in OTAs and will not return until training camp.
Although Scandrick struggled a bit last year (we gave him a “C” overall grade), it would be a big blow to the team if this injury is more significant than it appears. With Alan Ball now at safety, the Cowboys have only Cletis Gordon, sixth-round pick Jamar Wall, and undrafted rookie Bryan McCann behind the top three CBs. ESPN Dallas agrees that cornerback depth is a concern.
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- The Landry Hat has an interesting article about the relationship between the Cowboys’ points and yards gained.
The Cowboys’ points-per-100 yards was 5.3–the lowest of any playoff team. According to former coach Bill Parcells, good teams should score approximately seven points-per-100 yards. We can think of no better way to increase this number than creating turnovers on defense.
- Patrick Crayton said he wants to be in Dallas this season–IF he is given a fair chance to compete.
We still maintain the Cowboys will keep six wide receivers, with Crayton being one of them. Even if the Cowboys do let go of either Crayton or Sam Hurd, a player such as Titus Ryan could sneak onto the 53-man roster.