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Could a Dallas Cowboys Cornerback be Moving to Safety?

The made several moves throughout , and the bolster their depth in the wake of ’ departure for the . In free agency, they added and re-signed and . Over the weekend, in the 2020 , the Dallas spend their second-round pick on Alabama Cornerback and then spent a fourth-round pick on Cornerback Reggie Robinson.

Taking a quick look at the Dallas Cowboys cornerback , there’s quite a bit of depth.

  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Jourdan Lewis
  • Anthony Brown
  • Maurice Canady
  • Trevon Diggs
  • Reggie Robinson
  • C.J. Goodwin

That’s seven players that could each vie for a spot when the Dallas Cowboys head to the regular season. While the Dallas Cowboys have spent resources on acquiring players to play cornerback, they haven’t done the same at safety.

With remarkable depth at the cornerback position and no addition to the safety mix during the draft, Cowboys offered up an idea that could use some of that cornerback depth to bolster the safety group.

For the last several years, as the Dallas Cowboys did very little to address the safety position, it’s been speculated that Chidobe Awuzie could make a move to safety. Though he’s had some struggles at cornerback, his skill set could translate better to playing a position in the NFL.

When Awuzie can play with his eyes on the and keep the play in front of him, he shows nice instincts to track and make a play on the football. Where he’s struggled is when playing a trail coverage technique that requires him to find the ball with his back to the quarterback. While often in excellent coverage, Awuzie struggled to get his head around to find the football and impact the pass attempt.

Awuzie has the speed and agility that could lend itself to playing two-high or even single-high safety in the NFL if the Dallas Cowboys were to make that transition. His athleticism and tackling would be useful in run support and covering tight ends.

The other player that could potentially make a move to safety is Cornerback Jourdan Lewis. On the surface, his size may scare you away from playing safety. However, he’s pretty much the same size as 2020 second-round pick to the . Winfield may have a bit more weight, but Lewis is a little bit taller.

Jourdan Lewis has the ball skills, aggressiveness, and coverage ability to play safety. He could fill a similar role as safety . Someone who can play in the box, cover tight ends and wide receivers out of the slot, and play some two-high and single-high safety.

Trevon Diggs projects to be a starting cornerback in the NFL sooner rather than later, and Reggie Robinson could earn himself a role starting as well. With Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, , and scheduled to be next , the Cowboys need to see if one of their veteran cornerbacks could find a new home at the safety spot.

Between Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, the Dallas Cowboys have a couple of players that could make the transition to safety this season. Though it would be unlikely that they would push for a starting role in 2020, they could become a valuable rotational player at the position with sights set on an extension next offseason.

The Dallas Cowboys have some decisions to make at the cornerback position. Moving one of Chidobe Awuzie or Jourdan Lewis to safety could help solve the numbers game they’ll face when they eventually have to reduce their roster. Finding a way to get the best out of either of these players is of the utmost importance heading into the final year of their contracts. If either can make a successful transition to safety, it could help solidify their for 2020 and perhaps beyond.

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. Chido ran down Barkley from the far side of the field to make the tackle. He was clocked at 22 mph. After that NYG game they gave Chido a “random” blood test. With that kind of speed and area covered I would think he would make a real good free safety.

  2. In today’s NFL, there is no real reason for people to be thinking traditionally about positions. The whole concept of 3-4 or 4-3 with 2 CBs and 2 Ss is nearly obsolete, or at least it should be. Think “coverage” first: how are we going to effectively cover 3 WRs, 1 athletic TE and a RB that can catch out of the backfield? That takes five coverage players. Why not play with 4 CB and 1 S in those formations?

      • With Marinelli they pretty much “played” (past tense) 2 corners and 2 safeties. I think you are going to see a much more flexible approach as mentioned above. If we want to see what doesn’t work in today’s NFL, just watch the Cowboy’s defense the last 3 years. Legion of boom and Tampa 2 only works with the right players and today’s passing rules don’t favor the traditional favorites.

  3. It’s kind of obvious, Reggie Robinson. He has the size and length, but lacking a bit in speed. Some of draft profiles mention this possibility. I like Lewis a lot at CB, but don’t see him a Safety at 5′ 9″, 5′ 10″ -190 lbs.

  4. A 4-2-5 will be the base. Chico and Diggs on the boundary, Lewis in the box, Woods and HaHa over the top, and with LVE and Smith, hopefully healthy, that would be about as good as a back seven we can field.

  5. I have been saying for 2 years to move Awuzie to safety! He is fast and athletic but is much better playing the ball in front of him. He moved all over the field at Colorado and is better suited at safety!!

  6. I think they did a nice job across the board still think they need things to go right with Gregory and smith as well as add another linebacker, hey Mike give Clay a call.Final piece of the puzzle could still be Jamal Adams.Jets just drafted a safety and I think if you offered Connor Williams and next years 4th rounder it might get it done

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