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Cowboys’ Secondary has Suddenly Become the Primary Concern

The injury bug has further depleted the Dallas Cowboys secondary.

If the Dallas Cowboys secondary wasn’t already the primary concern for Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff, it probably is now. Injuries are unfortunately starting to pile up, especially at the cornerback position.

The Dallas Cowboys are sadly down two of their starting cornerbacks right now. Both Anthony Brown (injured reserve) and Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) are expected to miss several games, leaving rookie CB Trevon Diggs as the only starter remaining from Week 1 and even he’s less than 100% right now.

According to the injury report yesterday, Trevon Diggs is dealing with a shoulder injury right now that puts his status for the Week 3 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks up in the air. With Awuzie and Brown already out for the foreseeable future, the Cowboys need their rookie CB more now than ever.

While Diggs’ status Sunday against the Seahawks is uncertain, I’d be willing to guess the Dallas Cowboys are taking the cautious approach with him to get him ready to play this week. How they decide to deploy the rest of their secondary though is probably the bigger concern.

No doubt Jourdan Lewis will once again handle the slot duties for Anthony Brown like he did in Week 2, but things are less clear as to who the Cowboys decide to take over for Chidobe Awuzie. Odds are it will probably come down to either Brandon Carr or Daryl Worley, but whichever they choose will also end up impacting the safety position.

Brandon Carr, Daryl Worley, and Darian Thompson have all rotated in and out of the lineup opposite Xavier Woods, a rotation that was expected to continue until someone emerged as the starter. Needing CB help though likely puts it into that competition for now. Unfortunately, that’s just what happens when injury start piling up.

If it were me, I’d start Brandon Carr and Trevon Diggs (if healthy) on the outside with Jourdan Lewis in the slot. The Cowboys can then rotate Daryl Worley and Darian Thompson if they so choose opposite Xavier Woods. To me, that gives them the best possible coverage unit. Anyway you choose to look at it though is pretty concerning to say the least.

Sadly, the Dallas Cowboys are caught between a rock and a hard place because of the current injuries to their secondary. All they can do right now is deploy the players they have at their disposal who are healthy enough to play and pray they are good enough to get the job done. Hopefully for the sake of success they can hold up just long enough until reinforcements arrive.

How concerned are you about the Dallas Cowboys secondary?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. How about our 4th round pick from Tulsa? I think Robinson (?). He looked good coming out of college. He’s good on special teams too. We will need another CB so I’d like to see him activated.

  2. Right now we have to try any n everyone to fill the job
    .with no experience in secondary, Russell Wilson is going have best game of his career.

  3. Definitely not the best situation in our backfield, but all teams have injuries, so next man up. Carr, with his experience, may the best choice opposite Diggs. Lewis could also play outside as well as inside. So we have pretty good options at CB. Woods and Thompson should start at Safety, with Worley to rotate with Thompson if necessary. Don’t forget D Wilson.

    The D line has to get better pressure on Wilson than they have shown so far this year, just two sacks. Don’t care who is in the backfield, if you don’t put some pressure and/or sack Wilson, he can pick you apart.

  4. I wish we had gotten Jamal Adams. Next go get Earl Thomas. With a carefully written contract his play on the field can help the defense get off of the field.

  5. I agree with Brian, I think Brandon Carr will be the best option to fill in at corner right now, he’ll probably be better than Awuzie in my opinion!! The only thing I don’t agree with is that I don’t think Thompson should be the starter at safety….. Last week I think Worley did better at safety than Thompson did and Worley is more of a corner, so that should tell you how bad Thompson is!! I think we should give Donovan Wilson a chance to start at safety!! We all know how good he did last season in the preseason, so if he can do that this season he’ll be the best safety on the team!! But we’ll never know if he can be that good unless we give him a chance to play!! So if I was the coaches I would start Carr and Diggs at outside corner, put Lewis in the slot and then have Wilson and Woods at safety!! But that’s just my opinion!!

  6. I would agree with Carr starting opposite Diggs. Wouldn’t hurt to have a wily veteran playing with these young guys. I would keep Thompson at safety for the continuity. It’s only been two games for him and he is playing with a makeshift secondary. I’m not ready to throw the towel in for him yet. Plus unless the DL gets more pressure on the QB we won’t really know what we have back there.

  7. The secondary will forever be trash with the Jones’s calling shots. Jerry is trash, clearly Jimmy Johnson was the reason. Earl Thomas and Ha Ha Clinton Dix. How are these guys not starting for the cowboys. The cowboys deserves to be 0-2 right now.

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