I’m sure many of us remember Terence Newman being referred to as a human-hurdle against the New York Giants, but Newman hasn’t always been a scrub throughout his football career. He was actually a pretty damn good corner until his age caught up to him. Back when Newman was at Kansas State, he was actually the top corner coming out of college. He was a First-Team All-American in 2002 and even brought home the Jim Thorpe Award. This resulted in him being the 5th overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Although, Newman hasn’t panned out to be the shut down corner many Cowboys fans envisioned him to be, Newman has had his moments wearing the star. During his first four seasons in the NFL, he was actually one of the top corners as well. In 2005, Newman finished the season not having allowed a single passing touchdown. Not many cornerbacks in the NFL can say that. He also had a great season in 2007, making the Pro Bowl and helped led the Cowboys to a 14-2 regular season record.
It seems like that Newman is long gone.
The Newman we are accustomed to seeing now probably couldn’t cover a receiver from the practice squad at this point. As the seasons have flown by, Newman’s game was regressed in huge strides. Now the opposing receivers are stoked when they see Newman lined up across from them because they know they’ll either make a play or draw a flag. Newman, repeatedly, gives receivers ten-yard cushions when it’s 3rd and short, giving up first downs. Not to mention, he tackles like he’s playing flag-football.
Terence Newman may have had a few good seasons in Dallas, but he definitely didn’t pan out as the “shut down” corner he was supposed to be. As a top five pick, I would have liked to have seen more consecutive seasons of high-caliber play. I expect the Dallas Cowboys and Newman to part ways after last season’s debacle. Sorry bud, but it’s about time to hang em’ up.