Idaho Connections in the NFL: Dec. 1

December 1, 2013 

SCANDRICK SHINING THIS SEASON WITH COWBOYS

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Boise State) has been the target of criticism in Dallas, even as he signed a five-year, $27 million contract extension in 2011. But he’s proving the doubters wrong in his sixth season. The Dallas Morning News wrote a short feature on Scandrick last week, and called him one of the defense’s top players.

“I’m just playing. My job is to come here and play,” Scandrick said. “I didn’t worry about what you guys thought about me when I wasn’t ‘living up to my contract or living up to the player everybody thought I was.’ Now I’m focused. It’s like tunnel vision.”

Scandrick has registered 45 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a sack, in addition to defending 11 passes.

“Orlando is playing at a high level,” Executive VP Stephen Jones said. “He’s very competitive. I think he’s having one of his better years.”

• Dolphins rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor (Boise State) injured a hamstring early last week and was listed as out on Friday’s injury report.

• Linebacker Jojo Dickson (Idaho) has yet to appear in an NFL game, but he’s keeping the dream alive. Dickson was added to the Cardinals’ practice squad last week as Arizona became the fourth NFL team to show some interest in him. Dickson played in the preseason with the Jets after spending the final three weeks of the 2012 season on the team's practice squad. He entered the NFL in 2011 with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent, and has also spent time with the Browns.

• Center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Idaho State) had to leave the Packers’ Thanksgiving Day game because of a knee injury. It was the second time in the past month he had to leave a game because of a hurt knee.

• Texans safety Shiloh Keo (Idaho) is listed as probable as he nurses a neck injury.

Compiled by Chris Langrill

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