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Cowboys’ Confidence In Safety Xavier Woods Is Deserved

Heading into the , most expected the to address the position rather early on.

Some hoped that they would deal their day two picks to Seattle to acquire All-World “centerfielder” from the Seahawks. Others thought that safeties like Stanford's Justin Reid or Wake Forest's Jessie Bates would've been legitimate options for Dallas on day two.

Instead, the Cowboys skipped out on every option at safety during the draft, and to this point they've done the same in . , however, did say earlier this week that the team hasn't ruled out bringing him a veteran safety, but they like what they have at the moment in their young guys.

Despite Jones' hesitance to rule out a safety before , the Cowboys' strategic negligence of the safety position points towards a confidence in players which some would consider to be unproven.

The -piece of those unproven safeties already on the Cowboys roster is , and based off his play in 2017, that confidence is well deserved.

With moving back to corner the safety is wide open, and Woods has a clear path to the starting role. The now second-year player is the ideal centerfielder in the back end, showcasing the range and athleticism to play in single-high coverage.

In college Xavier Woods was used as a bit of a “Swiss-Army Knife” type player. His versatility was emphasized in all reports written about him, and deservedly so. But now surrounded by other who possess that kind of versatility (such as Byron Jones and ), Woods should be allowed to master one specific spot.

And in the current state of the Cowboys , that spot for Xavier Woods will be at free safety. Maybe, just maybe, the Cowboys found their rangy single high safety without having to pass on or in the 2018 draft.

Based on their actions, it appears the Cowboys believe that to be so.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Seth Epstein

I wish with titles of articles like this, “Confidence is Deserved,” the writer would actually give insight/stats/some form of credibility to their argument, rather than just restating their argument in the article: why does he deserve it? Did he do something that provides context for your argument in his play from last year (side note – he did.) I hope Woods “deserves” to be free safety. I hope he becomes a badass.

True cowboys fan who also likes to read articles with insight. Write something that tells us something we don’t know. Do some research. Don’t waste the reader’s time. You’ll do better in college. This is click bait.

Travis Diggs

Seth from the previous response was absolutely correct, this article and the captions didn’t really coincede with either. Didn’t really talk about why Xavier is a star in the making/ or deserving. Shoulda spoke of Who’s gonna start opposite of Xavier, i hope it’s not Jeff Heath


Woods getting pushed down the depth chart, or moved around to slot CB or Dime safety, is the first reason why I’m against dealing for Earl Thomas at this point. It looks like that deal will be available all summer, and I would rather open FS up in camp for Woods to either win it or whiff it – then absorb the costs for Thomas if needed.

Woods showed flashes last year, nose-for-ball sort of instincts, and we need a full look at FS.

As for SS, I still want to give Jaylon Smith some camp reps there. He has speed and if he were to take to SS, he would terrorize WR’s with his size.

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