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Donovan Wilson has One Safety Spot Locked Down for 2021

It took some time for to finally be set loose in the , but in his first season as a starter for the Cowboys, he was a man on a mission. He played so well that heading into 2021, the Cowboys have at least one of their starting spots locked down.

Wilson finished sixth on the team snaps per and finished with the fourth-highest defensive grade per PFF. Two of the players that were ahead of him were , who played just six snaps in 2020, and , who played 270 snaps last season.

The second-year safety finished sixth on the team in stops, tied for second on the team with four on the season. He also had three forced fumbles, which was also second on the Cowboys last year.

Wilson displayed the playmaking ability that got people excited after the 2019 , in which he had three interceptions. Wilson's ability to come up and hit ball carriers and put him in a position to make plays in both the running and .

As takes over the looking to recreate the Legion of Boom that led them to back to back appearances and a Championship, it appears he has someone to play the role on the defense. Wilson is at his best playing within 10-15 yards of the line of scrimmage. He's not a safety you want playing in the deep middle of the field, but if you use him in short zones (middle hook or buzz defender) in cover-3, his instincts to play the football will shine.

Donovan Wilson shows an incredible knack for attacking the ball in the air and playing in zone defense. He has a good feel for where the is looking to go with the football and good quickness and timing when breaking on the ball.

It took until week four of his second season for the Cowboys to allow him to showcase his playmaking capabilities. It's a shame that he wasn't able to get an opportunity earlier. However, looking forward, the Cowboys now know that they have a that they can rely on to make big plays for their secondary.

As they head into the , the Cowboys need to find a more type that can complement Donovan Wilson and allow him to do what he does best. That free safety compliment allows Wilson to roam around the short middle of the field, looking to wreak havoc. And the Cowboys defense will be the beneficiary of Donovan Wilson's playmaking ability.

John Williams
John Williams
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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