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Donovan Wilson Makes a Huge Impact in Cowboys Win on Sunday

The have been preaching turnovers for years. They've also been looking for play that could provide game-changing plays in the back end of the . Well, the Cowboys may have finally found both of those things with the play of Safety in their win Sunday against the .

Donovan Wilson has been a player the many in the Cowboys fanbase have been hoping would get more playing time since he recorded three interceptions during his first back in 2019. Unfortunately, however, it would take nearly a year and a half for Wilson to see a full-time role on the .

On Sunday against, the Vikings, Wilson was flying around on and forced two fumbles that were recovered by the Cowboys.

Early in the game, Wilson was sent on a safety blitz and put a big hit on Vikings . In the process of completing the sack, Wilson took the ball away from Cousins as the two fell to the ground. It was a brutal hit and a heads-up play to take the ball away from the Vikings quarterback.

Later in the game, as Kirk Cousins threw over the middle to , Wilson came from the deep middle and laid a huge hit on Cook after he caught the ball, forcing a fumble that would be recovered by .

Wilson showed off a physicality that has been lacking at times in the back end of the Cowboys defense. Count as a believer in Wilson's ability to bring the thunder from the back end of the defense.


His penchant for playmaking begs the question, how come he couldn't get on the field sooner?

Both the and regimes were reluctant to get Wilson on the field. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that the former Texas A&M safety began to see the field full-time. Sure, Wilson has his issues in coverage, but it wasn't like or were showing off much ability in coverage situations.

And as the Cowboys continued to preach turnovers, they kept one of the more instinctual players they've had in their secondary on the bench for the last year and a half. Be it a failure in a system that leans on veterans or a that isn't sure what they have in a player, both the / and regimes failed to realize the player they have in Donovan Wilson is the player they've been looking for all along.

Donovan Wilson now has three on the season and three forced fumbles. Though he's yet to get an interception, he's been a force for the Cowboys secondary.

And it would be different if they had a player that was a legitimate difference-maker at safety over the last couple of years, but the guys they have had at the position are just that; guys. From to Jeff Heath to Darian Thompson, the Cowboys trotted out players who failed to provide the kind of impact that Wilson has since being named a starter.

The two forced fumbles and the physicality in which he plays the position is a welcomed sight. Donovan Wilson, in his second season, is proving to be a playmaker for the Dallas Cowboys. It's unfortunate that we had to wait until week four of his second season to see him as a starter for the Cowboys.

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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