Breakout Buzz Growing Around Cowboys S Xavier Woods

From to to the , the safety position may have been the most-talked-about spot on the roster for the Dallas Cowboys this . It should come as no small comfort then that third-year stud Xavier Woods is arguably the most-talked-about player so far at the Cowboys' .

The idea of Woods having a breakout season in 2019 is not a new thought. However, this first week of camp has only served to confirm and accelerate the projections.


This is just a sampling of the praising remarks that we've seen about Woods' performances so far in the practices.

The Cowboys disappointed many fans when they didn't sign a big name like Berry or Thomas last spring. Then when Dallas also didn't draft a safety until the 6th round of the 2019 draft, there was an uproar at the thought of going into this year without a talent upgrade.

But if ' comments yesterday are any indication, the Cowboys are expecting that upgrade to come organically.

While Xavier was only a 6th-round pick in 2017 himself, his play-making spark has already been seen over the last two years. Now in his third professional season, and second with guru as a coach, Woods' rise to stardom could take a dramatic leap.

We've already seen that Xavier can lay some big hits and generate turnovers. But the hope for 2019 is that his game now has polish, helping him to avoid and add some consistent shutdown coverage to the big-play potential.

Improved fundamentals will not only help Woods take his career to the next level, but it also help solidify the defensive backfield for whoever his fellow start winds up being.

Veterans and are both experienced but need to be playing next to a true star to mitigate their weaknesses. Based on how they handled the offseason business at safety, the Cowboys seem to be on Xavier to provide that presence.

We already expect Jaylon Smith to be a first-time Pro Bowler in 2019. It may be a few more months before we know if we can add Xavier Woods to that discussion.

But if this first week of training camp is any indication, it should be worth the wait.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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