(Editor’s note: The DallasCowboys.com team welcomes Bucky Brooks to the staff. Bucky offers extensive experience, not only as an ex-NFL player for five seasons, but also as a scout and professional staff for two teams. Over the past decade, Brooks has worked in the media, including the NFL network. Bucky will provide his own analysis and opinions on the Cowboys but also on the entire NFL. Today, he stops one of the new purchases of free agents in the cornerback Maurice Canady.)
- First name: Maurice Canady
- Position: CB
- University: Virginia
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 193
- Season: 4th
- Games studied: 2019 (Ravens vs. Bengals and Steelers; Jets vs. Bengals)
Canady is a development cornerback with exceptional special team skills. The fourth year professional plays with great effort and energy while showing improvement skills as a cornerback. After starting his career on the Baltimore Ravens practice team, Canady became a reliable reserve cornerback and extraordinary special teams. It is ideal for handling nickel defender or coin defender tasks as an outer corner in sub-packets, but has experienced significant clicks as an emergency fill in the initial rotation.
As for human coverage, Canady is at his best when he uses the bump-and-run technique. Show enough patience on the scrimmage line to effectively shade the shifty receivers along the field. Although he shows a strong jam with one or two hands, Canady mainly operates in a shadow boxer at the beginning of the routes. Generally it maintains the position of the rear pocket, but occasionally loses its lever and resorts to the possession or grip of the receivers to regain control on the field.
In the absence of coverage, Canady heavily relies on a shuffle or “squat” technique to stay close to the receivers. Despite winning his fair share of lows, the poor technique has put him in bad positions and is unable to recover before the ball arrives. Consequently, Canady allows a series of completions in a row in blitz situations due to his technique.
As a zone defender, Canady has begun to show better where he fits into the cover puzzle. With the Jets in particular, he began to quickly diagnose course concepts before making aggressive breaks on the shot. He showed up quickly when the ball was thrown and was not afraid to confuse it like a tackler on the perimeter. In fact, Canady’s aggression as a hitter and tackler was manifested in running support and kicking. He throws himself on the ball with reckless abandon and his general physicality stands out when he reviews the tape.
On special teams, Canady makes an aggressive approach to the “Gunner” (Punt) and “Vise” (Punt Return) positions. He wins with speed, aggression and physicality while at the same time showing his ability to face reliable open field. Canady not only has a knack for knocking down ball carriers with traditional tackle wrap-ups, but he will also knock down runners with cross-body shots.