B.W. Webb has 'opportunity to shine'

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys traveled to San Diego with a grand total of four healthy cornerbacks.

They won’t risk adding veteran Orlando Scandrick to the injured list by playing him much in the preseason opener. Korey Lindsey will probably get some snaps, but he just signed and hasn’t even practiced with the team.

That means a ton of work for seventh-round rookie Terrance Mitchell and 2013 fourth-round pick B.W. Webb.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for me to shine,” Webb said. “I’ve got to step up.”

Webb, the No. 47 player on the Cowboys’ draft board last year, needs to step up to avoid getting labeled as a bust. It’d be premature to tag Webb with that at this point, but there’s no doubt that he had a disappointing rookie season.

His initials might as well have stood for Burned Whenever last season, when the jump from William & Mary to the NFL just seemed too big for Webb. According to ProFootballFocus.com, opponents completed 11 of 13 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns when targeting Webb in his limited playing time.

“I put last year behind me, man,” Webb said. “It happened. I can’t do anything about it but do everything to get better. That’s what I’ve been doing every day out here, trying to be the best I can be.”

Webb said he’s taking a completely different approach this season after having “that college mindset” as a rookie. He realizes the importance of details in the NFL, such as understanding the scheme or executing techniques. He believes he’s made significant strides.

Webb will get plenty of opportunity to prove it during the preseason opener.