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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson is Preparing to Contribute Big in 2020

Entering the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys were looking to upgrade the safety position. Instead of taking one early in the NFL Draft, as many expected, they waited until the sixth-round to select Donovan Wilson out of Texas A&M.

Wilson didn’t waste any time making an impact once his opportunities came about. In the preseason, he intercepted a pass in three consecutive games and had Cowboys fans buzzing about the possibility of the young stud starting. However, he suffered an ankle injury just prior to the season which halted his momentum and allowed Jeff Heath to remain as the starter opposite Xavier Woods.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into the normal offseason protocol for the NFL. That hasn’t stopped Wilson from staying in excellent shape, though, as a recent video of him surfaced on social media showcasing his quick feet and change of direction as he performed some drills.

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Coming out of college, it was Wilson’s versatility that made him such an interesting selection. In addition to playing safety, he spent significant time at nickel corner as well. He amassed 21.5 tackles for loss as well as eight interceptions, showing not only could he make plays behind the line of scrimmage but that he possessed the ability to create turnovers, something the Cowboys defense has lacked for years.

Heading into this season, Woods and veteran Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was acquired during free agency, are the presumed starters at safety. Also, Darian Thompson was re-signed and it looks like Chidobe Awuzie will be making a transition to safety as well. That makes Wilson’s journey to see the field a lot tougher, but we’re talking NFL football here not baking pies, it’s supposed to be.

There’s no limit to where Wilson can take his game. Now, it’ll be interesting to see if he can claw his way up the depth chart and contribute big this season.

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  1. I’ve been wanting Donovan Wilson to start since he was drafted last year!! I’ve always thought he was better than Jeff Heath, and now he has to prove himself again to another bunch of new coaches!! But he has one thing playing in his favor and it’s that his old DBs coach from college is now the DBs coach for us!! So he mite have a good chance to win the starting job this year, if not the starting job, then at least be a rotational player!! He’s definitely good enough to have a chance for playing time!!

  2. Have to believe something was happening on the practice field often enough to keep him from seeing the field last year? I simply can’t undeserved why he wasn’t given a shot last year. I believe Garrett being on the hot seat prevented him from being brave enough to count on a rookie?

    As I understand it, the new secondary coach referred to above was only at A&M for 1 year and his focus then was on CB’s. I don’t think he’s “attached” to Wilson in any way that will curry any favor.

  3. Just hope Awuzie moving to safety is the right move…i know he had some issues last year at CB but

    in 2017 and 2018 he was good…..but the coaches know a lot more than i do about this stuff….

    also i am not really concerned about losing Jones to Miami….i like the guys we got…i have always

    liked Lewis…and i dont like the prejudice because he is only 5′ 10″…Lewis has “Dog” in him like

    Ceedee…i know they play different positions….also i think if we could just teach Awuzie to turn

    his head looking for INT’s he would do a lot better…in other words i hope they give Awuzie one

    more year at CB with different coaching and see what happens?

  4. Just hope Awuzie moving to safety is the right move…i know he had some issues last year at CB but

    in 2017 and 2018 he was good…..but the coaches know a lot more than i do about this stuff….

    also i am not really concerned about losing Jones to Miami….i like the guys we got…i have always

    liked Lewis…and i dont like the prejudice because he is only 5′ 10″…Lewis has “Dog” in him like

    Ceedee…i know they play different positions….

  5. It was my understanding that D Wilson had some injuries problems that kept him off the field He had flashed some playmaking abiliry during the preseason then got hurt. I think that ability to create turnovers is what intrigues the cowboys. We have ranked near the bottom of the league in recent yrs in forced turnovers so definitely need find players that can do that. B Jones for all his coverage ability and notoriety wasn’t that guy. J Heath was one of the best open field tacklers on the team but wouid have been replaced had that had a better option

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