The offseason practices are in the rearview mirror as the Cowboys are heading towards training camp, which begins on July 24 in Oxnard, Calif.
That’s usually the place where many of the questions regarding this team start to get answered.
The staff writers at DallasCowboys.com – Rob Phillips, David Helman, Nick Eatman and Bryan Broaddus – are attempting to answer 20 pressing questions as the team gets ready for camp and the 2017 season.
Today, we continue the series discussing who will start at cornerback and safety in the Sept. 10 season opener after the defense underwent considerable roster turnover in free agency this past spring, losing three 2016 starters in the secondary.
5) 20 Questions: Which Players Will Make Up Starting Secondary Week 1 vs. NYG?
Helman: The fun thing about the modern NFL is that you get to cheat when you’re answering a question like this. Traditionally, we think of the starting secondary as four players – two corners and two safeties. But the Giants employ three fantastic receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. They also have a dynamic tight end in first-round draft pick Evan Engram. What I’m trying to say is that it shouldn’t be surprising if the Cowboys open the season with five or even six defensive backs on the field. To answer the question more directly, I expect veteran experience to carry the day to start the season. I think your starting outside corners will be Anthony Brown and Nolan Carroll, with Orlando Scandrick manning the slot. I think Byron Jones and Jeff Heath will be the primary duo at safety, with an assist from Kavon…
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