Five Under The Radar Players To Remember During Week 2 Of OTAs
The Cowboys' OTAs are in full swing, and the big talking points around this team have already been well-covered. But with the second week of practices looming, there are some forgotten storylines worth considering. Here are five unsung players worth remembering as we creep closer to training camp. BY DAVID HELMAN/FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST
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Corey White, CB
It's understandable that White has been overshadowed this spring, for a variety of reasons. Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick have been going through contract disputes, and the team drafted Byron Jones in the first round. Obviously, a free agent claimed off waivers is going to take a back seat. But White comes to the Cowboys with plenty of experience in the slot, and Morris Claiborne's absence due to injury should give him a chance to earn a role here.
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Chaz Green, OT
Again, it's understandable that Green would be lost in the shuffle, as the Cowboys stole headlines by signing top-tier talent La'el Collins. Dallas still drafted Green No. 91 overall, however, which is a good indicator that they expect him to contribute early. The tackle situation is a bit jumbled right now while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery, but Green has an excellent chance to win the swing tackle job as a rookie – assuming Collins eventually makes his way to a guard spot.
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Anthony Hitchens, LB
Rolando McClain and Sean Lee are bound to be the top stories – both for their top-level talent and their participation in OTAs. Lee is limited while he works his way back to playing condition, and McClain is absent entirely while rehabbing from knee surgery. Even when the duo is good to go for training camp, the Cowboys will want to find a way to work Hitchens onto the field. The second-year linebacker is a logical choice as a backup at middle and weak side linebacker, but I'm not going to be surprised if he factors into the battle for the starting strong side position.
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Jack Crawford, DE
The last time anybody talked about Crawford in great detail, he had notched a sack and a tackle for loss in front of his home crowd at Wembley Stadium in London. Most of the focus on this team's defensive end trend toward the really big names – Greg Hardy, DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory – or the lesser-knowns, like Ben Gardner. Don't be a bit surprised if Crawford, a London native and Penn State product, has something to say about all that. The coaching staff likes him, and he has potential as a piece of the rotation at left defensive end.
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Devin Street, WR
This spring session should be huge for Street, as Dez Bryant's absence gives him one fewer competitor for reps. The second-year receiver had a non-descript rookie season but he's got the versatility to play a variety of roles in this offense, and the loss of Dwayne Harris in free agency gives him an opportunity for a larger role. Street displayed some nice hands in the first week of OTAs, and he should be able to build on that while the Cowboys wait for Bryant’s return.