Cornerback battle

The CB battle this season’s offseason is looking particularly intense – obviously DJ Hayden is a lock for the 53 man roster (due to his first rounder status), while Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter also look like locks for the roster. After that there are about 6 very talented players with the potential routes to the roster.

Lets start with, in my opinion, one of the stars of the Dallas cowboys game, Chance Casey. Maybe the friendly spirit of Lester Hayes is still embracing the 37 shirt, but he really impressed me on Friday. Locking up receivers and laying on tackles, If Chance Casey keeps this up, he’ll be starting in a years time. No I hadn’t heard of him before, but on doing a little more research it turn out this Baylor DB lost a lot of playing time to injuries at college but was very highly regarded. Lets see how he does in the next few games, but this progress continues and he’ll be one of the shocks of the roster.

Next up is one of my favourite players, and one who I genuinely feel will make the roster, Taiwan Jones. This lad is already one of our best special team players, but his conversion to CB just adds to his already excellent value to the squad. In camp Jones has been showing imensly improved converage skills, and with further work could be the real deal at CB.

Then there is Phillip Adams, the youngster who looked really good in game time last year – normally I’d have thought he was a lock for the 53, but with added pressure he will really need to shine in coverage in the next couple of games.

Chimidi Chekwa can’t be ignored, after an initiallty rocky start he has demostrated clear signs of improvment, however if he want to improve his chances I recon he would be better utilised at FS. Likewise Brandian Ross, I see him listed at CB, but to me he’s really more of an option at FS.

Do we want experience in the slot – don’t forget we’ll be facing Wes Walker twice this year – Joselio Hanson brings this in spades, unfortunately in the Cowboys game he kept getting beaten. for his sake I’m going to assume this was a one off, but he really needs to shine from here on in.

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