Cowboys’ Stephen Paea Impressing, Nolan Carroll Disappointing
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea and cornerback Nolan Carroll have been heading in opposite directions.
Paea was sought after by Dallas due to his familiarity with Rod Marinelli.
“Same old Rod, man,” Paea said about Marinelli (h/t ESPN). “Coming out here, if you have a good day, nobody cares — do it again the next day. So it’s all about consistency.”
So far, Paea has lived up to the expectations.
“Oh boy, he’s explosive,” Marinelli said.
“You feel him. You feel him. He can play the nose and the under tackle. When we were in Chicago we drafted him for the system, and he’s an explosive guy. He’s tough as all get out. So I like him. He’d been two-gapping. There’s different ways, but he’s not a two-gap tackle. I mean, he can do it but he’s not going to show like he shows in this system.
We need that upfield pressure from him. He’s a veteran in the system and his motor is off the charts.”
As for veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll, the plays haven’t come in training camp and Carroll may find himself falling down the Cowboy’s depth chart.
ESPN’s Todd Archer had the following to say about Carroll’s disappointing camp:
Every time I’m asked who will be the Dallas Cowboys’ starting cornerbacks, I say Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll. I wonder whether I need to adjust that thinking. Not the Scandrick part — the Carroll part. He was given a $3 million signing bonus as a free agent in March but has not made many plays so far in training camp. The issue is among the remaining corners: Anthony Brown has been slowed by a hamstring strain; Chidobe Awuzie has missed time with an ankle sprain; and Jourdan Lewis hasn’t practiced much because of a hamstring strain. Coaches like to lean on veteran experience over rookies, but Bill Parcells was always leery of “progress-stoppers.” Could the Cowboys walk away from Carroll? It’s possible. He received a $3 million signing bonus. If they cut him, he would count $1 million against the cap this year and $2 million against it in 2019. Two years ago the Cowboys walked away from linebacker Jasper Brinkley despite a $2 million guarantee so it wouldn’t be unprecedented.
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