Waived by the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, former seventh round selection Terrance Mitchell was claimed by the Houston Texans
The Dallas Cowboys were awful in the secondary in 2015 as it took them until Week 15 to record an interception by a cornerback. When all was said and done, only two interceptions all season were credited to their corners, none by their staters, and 50 percent of that production was just let go by the ‘Boys.
Cornerback Terrance Mitchell was the first Cowboys corner to intercept a pass last season when he picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets. The former seventh round pick by Dallas in 2014, Mitchell recorded 13 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pick in eight games.
After being released by Dallas his rookie season Mitchell spent time on the Chicago Bears practice squad and played five games for them in 2015 before being released and finding his way back to Dallas.
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He was again let go by Dallas as the team waived him on Friday. Mitchell was claimed and awarded to the Houston Texans on Monday, joining a backfield that includes Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, Kevin Johnson and Charles James II.
Mitchell earned the reputation as a scrappy corner who plays physically while playing collegially for the Oregon Ducks and took that same approach in the NFL. He was flagged often as a rookie during his first preseason run, but seemed to have calmed down in that regard during this past season.
The Cowboys reportedly experimented with the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Mitchell at safety during their recent OTA’s. After their head coach raved about Mitchell’s traits, Dallas decided to part ways with him.
It could be a sign that Dallas didn’t like what they saw in Mitchell at safety, or simply a change in philosophy as they do have a new defensive backs coach.