Orlando Scandrick off to fast start

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As the Cowboys maintain patience in Mike Jenkins’ return from a stinger and hope that Terence Newman is ready for the season opener at the New York Jets, Orlando Scandrick is stating his case for perhaps a larger role than the nickel cornerback.

In Monday’s practice, Scandrick batted down three passes in team drills and unofficially allowed only two catches all day, including one “smoke” at the line of scrimmage.

“I’m off to a very, very, very good start,” Scandrick said. “I feel like I’ve picked up right where I left off last year and hopefully I can maintain that level of play through the 2011-12 season.”

Scandrick said he loves the system new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is implementing.

“It allows me to put myself in a better position to make plays,” Scandrick said. “It’s not like this is the call, they know what’s coming and you’ve got to play with it and I’ve got to out-athletic you on every play. It’s just more multiplicity and more checks. When you move, we move, When you switch, we switch. I think it’s going to help us.”