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December 06, 2013

Scandrick says Cowboys have some things 'gameplan-wise' to deal with Bears' height advantage at receiver

Orlando Scandrick understands the size advantage the Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will have Monday night against the Cowboys’ cornerbacks. It reminds him of the game against the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

“Obviously they’re going to catch passes. But we need to limit their big plays and keep them from getting on top of the defense,” Scandrick said. “I feel like last week there were a couple of times where the Raiders got on top of our defense, and we can’t let that happen. I also feel like in the second half we did a much better job. I feel like we’re going to have some things gameplan-wise that will help us out.”

Marshall is 6-foot-4. Jeffery is 6-3.

The Cowboys’ tallest corner is 6-foot Brandon Carr.

“We have faced good guys that go up,” Scandrick said. “But I don’t know if we’ve faced two guys that go up and get the ball like these guys.”

Scandrick said there are no tricks to make up the size disadvantage. It still comes down to fundamentals for him.

“Most of the time, when you’re trying to rip through his hand and rip the ball out, he’s going to go get it at its highest point,” he said. “We’re going to have to go and stay on top of the route, turn around and play the ball.

I just play the ball. You don’t want to get caught up in thinking how tall he is. You just try to go play the ball, and hopefully you come down with it.”

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