When the Cowboys claimed Corey White off waivers in March, they had a lot of uncertainty at the position. Morris Claiborne still was rehabbing from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee; Orlando Scandrick wanted a pay raise; and the Cowboys had a desire to reduce Brandon Carr’s salary-cap number.
Since then, Claiborne has returned from his knee injury; Scandrick got a reworked contract; Carr remains on the roster despite a $12.2 million cap hit; and the Cowboys selected a cornerback, Byron Jones, in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Thus, the addition of White had gone mostly forgotten until Thursday.
“We’re very deep in the secondary,” White said. “There’s so much talent here already before I even got here. A guy like me, I just come in here and do what they ask me to do, special teams, whatever they ask me to do to make the roster. I’m just here to help.”
White stood out against the Chargers, starting at cornerback and getting two pass breakups in the second quarter. He played a series at safety in the third quarter.
“He’s got really good instincts,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “He’s got good speed. He’s a two-position player. He can play inside. He can play outside. He’s done some solid things all the way through camp.”
White nearly had two interceptions. White broke up a Kellen Clemens pass intended for Austin Pettis midway through the second quarter. He broke up another against Keenan Allen on a fourth-and-seven play in the next series.
White had his hands on both before the receivers turned into defenders and helped break up both potential interceptions.
“I should have had all of them,” White said. “They did a good job playing defense, but I’ve got to hold myself to a higher standard. I’ve got to get there. They didn’t score either of those possessions, though.”
White played three seasons with the Saints, making 19 starts, with 128 tackles, 19 pass breakups and four interceptions. New Orleans cut him in March, and the Cowboys claimed him.
Now, he’s trying to make the most of his new opportunity.
“They didn’t really give me a reason why,” White said. “It’s a business. They were doing a lot of change over there.
“It’s always a blessing to get picked up off waivers, because the team actually wants you. It’s somebody that wants you. You don’t have to wait around. It felt good.”
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