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Cowboys Secondary: Xavier Woods An Important Piece Going Forward

The has been the subject of much discussion this . With the hiring of former , many expect the Cowboys to change their thresholds, and shuffle around the personnel.

Fans are hoping Richard will build a new version of the Legion of Boom in Dallas, centered around long cornerbacks and a physical strong . To complete the puzzle, however, they'd need someone who can play and execute as a centerfielder. Someone who can fulfill the role to a certain extent. It could be argued that has the skillset to fill that role, but it has been reported Richard would like to move him to full time.

The safety who should be focused on by moving forward, however, might be . The former pick was considered a steal during the 2017 Draft, and his rookie season verified that as well.

Xavier Woods finished his rookie season with 41 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 fumble recovery, and an interception. Woods was used as an X-Factor so to speak, moving around the and providing position flexibility. Playing as the nickel corner, the , and the free safety at times, Woods made his impact felt from multiple spots.It's Time For Xavier Woods To Start At Safety

While this versatility lends him more to Nickel and Dime packages on defense, I believe he could be a full time free safety if given the opportunity to do so. No, he isn't the prototypical “centerfielder” like Thomas is in Seattle, but Woods could be an important chess piece for this young secondary.

I believe he was misused as a slot cornerback, and is better suited to play safety going forward. Hopefully with new blood in the defensive , and a full season worth of film on Xavier Woods' strengths and weaknesses, the Cowboys will find a way to make this talented player valuable on the field.

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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