The Dallas Cowboys have an incredibly talented roster on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball heading into the 2020 season. However, to understand their thought process, we need to look at examining and evaluating who the Cowboys have patrolling the secondary will give Cowboys’ fans an idea of what the team will be facing this season.
With only a handful of Sundays left until the season begins in Los Angeles, the Dallas Cowboys are putting together who will be starting in the secondary. However, we need to look at who has departed the Cowboys that was in the secondary in 2019 and what adjustments Dallas has made in response to those departures. We will also examine players that are going to fill key roles for the Dallas Cowboys this season.
During his time with the Cowboys, Byron Jones lined up at both the safety and cornerback positions for Dallas. The Cowboys’ coaching staff knew headed into the 2020 NFL draft that they were going to be faced with the problem of replacing the Pro Bowl cornerback. Replacing Jones will be Trevon Diggs out of Alabama. Diggs was a standout cornerback for the Crimson Tide, while he was in Tuscaloosa. In Diggs, the Cowboys have someone that has the potential to develop into a lockdown corner.
Dallas was not done adding depth to the cornerback position. In the fourth round of this year’s draft, the Cowboys added Reggie Robinson out of the University of Tulsa. Robinson gives the Cowboys a cornerback that they can develop. Robinson can also be plugged into the starting lineup over the next few years. Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys’ were comfortable with the picks, but they also added veteran cornerback Daryl Worley from the Las Vegas Raiders. Worley gives the Cowboys a veteran defensive back that has been an effective cover cornerback in the past.
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Meanwhile, Jeff Heath departed from the Cowboys via free agency. Heath left his safety spot open and the Cowboys moved quickly to sign Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix had a solid season for the Chicago Bears last season and should be an upgrade for the Dallas secondary. Clinton-Dix having played under Mike McCarthy before will come in handy as the defense adjusts to what is expected from the new head coach.
The Cowboys will have depth in the secondary this season. Dallas will have Xavier Woods as the starting free safety. Woods had two interceptions last season and is looking to improve upon that number this season. In the rest of the secondary, Dallas fans should expect cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis, Donovan Wilson, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown all to see playing time. Awuzie and Lewis took some positive steps forward in action that they saw last season.
While Dallas fans are wise enough to be concerned about the secondary, the unit has the potential to surprise opposing teams this season. Clinton-Dix and Woods gives Dallas experience at the safety positions. The Dallas cornerbacks are talented enough to really surprise opposing quarterbacks this season. Bottom line is if the defensive line can force a pass rush, then the secondary will not be a liability. The Cowboys’ secondary has the talent to surprise and Cowboys’ fans are wanting to see that surprise.