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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson’s Stock Continues to Rise

It’s been no secret that the safety position for the has been one of frustration in recent years. They’ve locked down the spot with rising star , however, the role hasn’t found it’s true ruler as of yet. has started 31 of 32 games the last two seasons at strong safety but continues to be a liability in coverage and making tackles in the open field. Veteran was brought in during but still hasn’t surpassed Heath as the number one. But the best attempt to shore up this particular position was made when the took Donovan Wilson in the of the .

In the Cowboys first game against the 49ers, Wilson got his first interception on the pro level. If you watch the below, he does a fantastic job of reading the eyes of the and doesn’t allow himself to be fooled when he tries to look him off. He sits on the route perfectly and creates the turnover. This is the kind of discipline you want to see from a rookie .

According to Calvin Watkins of the , Heath missed last weeks game against the Rams due to a neck stinger. This made his participation in practice limited for a few days and allowed Wilson to get some work with the first- this week. He also split reps with Xavier Woods as the down safety in the box. A box safety’s responsibility is to give support in the run game as well as jamming receivers/tight ends off the line, blitzing the quarterback and providing coverage in the flat.

Another added dimension for Wilson is that he had two years of nickel corner experience at Texas A&M. is the starter at the position currently but having another guy with this skill set provides the Cowboys with the all-important position flex.

Wilson had 8 interceptions in college so he has some ball skills. His 21.5 tackles for loss at proves how effective he was in run support in the box safety role. With the help of Coach and , who developed top talents like , and , Wilson could see himself with a huge role on this defense fairly quickly. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if by seasons end he’s the permanent starter at strong safety.

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Written by Matthew Lenix

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