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Can Donovan Wilson Challenge Ha Ha Clinton-Dix For Strong Safety Role?

For a few seasons now, has been the man at for the . After losing to the in , the Cowboys signed veteran to plug the hole.

In 2019, however, sixth-round pick burst onto the scene. After leading the Cowboys and the entire league with three interceptions in the , Wilson was set to challenge Heath for the starting role at . Unfortunately, an ankle put Wilson on the shelf and he never really saw the field last season.

Now, it sets up an interesting battle between Clinton-Dix and Wilson for who will takeover opposite Woods.

Clinton-Dix was one of the better safeties in the during his first five seasons with the . Clinton-Dix racked up 351 tackles, 25 pass breakups, and 14 interceptions (made the in 2016). He was traded to the for a fourth-round pick in October of 2018 and had 66 tackles in 10 games.

The signed Clinton-Dix to a one-year 5.5 million dollar deal before last season. Starting all 16 games, he registered 78 tackles and two interceptions (including his first pick-six).

coached Clinton-Dix for his first five seasons in Green Bay, so it makes sense that he brought in the veteran at a position of need for Dallas. Clinton-Dix will definitely have the leg up on Wilson for 2020.

Wilson, now healthy and ready to make plays, simply has to continue the momentum he had going in 2019. What makes Wilson such an interesting player, is that he has the skill set to play both or nickel corner. At Texas A&M, he played as a nickel corner for two years and produced six of his eight interceptions in college. Also, he had an unbelievable ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage with 21.5 tackles for loss.

Another reason Wilson a chance to beat out Clinton-Dix is his ability to create turnovers. On top of his eight interceptions in college, he also had four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Cowboys have struggled to take to ball away on for years so Wilson could definitely provide a boost in that area.

Even though safety signed a two-year extension with the Cowboys in March, I feel Clinton-Dix and Wilson will be the top two guys who will battle it out for the starting role at strong safety. Regardless of who comes out on top, the Cowboys are fortunate to have viable options at the position.




Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
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