Clay's Clincher: High Praise for Rookie Cornerback
Sat, 01 Aug 2009 15:12:09 GMT —
While most of the focus on the Dallas Cowboys defensive backfield thus far in San Antonio has concerned the battle between 2nd-year pros Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick for the starting CB position opposite Terence Newman, a rookie corner is making an impact at camp.
The play of the day Friday at the Alamodome was in 7-on-7 drills, when the 5th round draft pick Mike Mickens out of Cincinnati timed a Tony Romo throw perfectly and took a pass meant for Roy Williams directly out of #11's hands.
While defensive backs coach Dave Campo is quick to point out that Mickens has a ways to go before even being considered for inclusion in the nickel package, he admits he has seen improvement out of the former Bearcat every single day of mini-camp, OTAs, and here in San Antonio.
Head coach Wade Phillips was even more effusive yesterday, claiming Mickens has what he calls "Everson Walls-type hands".
Comparisons with the Cowboys' all-time interceptions leader and a should-be hall-of-famer?
Not exactly damning the rook with faint praise, are we?