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    Damontae Kazee Practiced at OTAs Return from Injury On Schedule

    The have struggled to find a ball-hawking for years now. They seemed to have found that guy in , which kept them from trading for or . Now Woods is in Minnesota after his contract expired, and the Cowboys have a new free safety in former ' Safety Damontae Kazee.

    Kazee came to the Cowboys after an -shortened 2020 that limited him to just four games and prevented him from playing 16 games for the first time in his career. Kazee is seen as a player who can play free safety in 's cover-3 scheme, which requires the safety to cover the deep middle third of the field.

    In his career, the four-year veteran has 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles. In 2018, Kazee had seven interceptions and then followed that up with three more in 2019.

    There's little doubt that Kazee can play. The only shred of doubt that clouded the signing was how healthy he was. We finally have our answer.

    As the Dallas Cowboys opened up the OTA portion of their this week, Kazee was ready to go, practicing with the and participating in drills.

    After practice, Kazee shared why he chose Dallas over “a couple teams out there trying to get me.” He fully expects the Dallas Cowboys to be contenders in the and make a run for the .

    So much of the Cowboys' ability to win the and make a deep run in the will depend on how effective Damontae Kazee is at safety. We know the is going to be one of the best in the NFL in 2021, but the defense is what's giving everyone pause.

    If Kazee can be the guy the Dallas Cowboys have been searching for at free safety, someone who creates turnovers and provides support for the young corners and on the boundary, then the Cowboys will have a good shot to improve upon the terrible defensive performance they had in 2020.

    Damontae Kazee's presence at practice and in drills is a huge landmark for a team that needs some good luck on the injury front in 2021 if they're going to boldly go somewhere they haven't gone in 25 years.

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    John Williams
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    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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    Stephen Gregory

    Already with the Super Bowl hype train? Not by you, John, but by Kazee. Sorry Kazee but this team is going to have to prove it to me on the field this year. Yes, I am a fan but I’m not stupid. Talk is cheap. Let’s see you win the East, get a first round bye and make the Conference Championship instead of riding the pine on the injured player list.