Orlando Scandrick isn't a starter yet

IRVING, Texas -- Orlando Scandrick's contract status changed drastically when he agreed to a five-year, $27 million extension last week. But his spot on the depth chart remains the same.

At least for now.

“We like the starting corners that we have,” Jason Garrett said. “We like Orlando’s role.”

Scandrick’s role is to be the slot corner in the nickel and dime packages. That’s been his job for the last three seasons.

Scandrick has been a starter the entire preseason with Terence Newman (groin) and Mike Jenkins (stinger) recovering from injuries. Scandrick has consistently earned rave reviews in the expanded role.

“He’s done awful well,” secondary coach Dave Campo said. “This last ballgame was probably the best he’s played this year or last year.”

Garrett readily acknowledges that Scandrick has proven that he’s ready to be a starter. However, the Cowboys remain confident in Newman and Jenkins despite both starting cornerbacks having down seasons in 2010.

It’s probably a matter of time before Scandrick replaces Newman in the starting lineup. But that time isn’t now, and there aren’t any indications it will come this season.