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    Have the Cowboys Allowed Safety to Become a Liability?

    The hope of getting a major upgrade at safety began since , when the were expected to make a serious run for . That changed when the 30-year old All-Pro signed a huge deal with the and the rest of the top free agents at the position went to other teams. Finally, the Cowboys added veteran George Iloka to the team. Not a top , but a guy that will help a lot nonetheless. Then came the , when surely, we thought, the Cowboys would address what seemed to be the most desperate need and draft a safety in the second or maybe even . It wasn't until pick 213th in the that the selected a safety in Donovan Wilson, from Texas A&M.

    With at full speed, it would be a surprise if the Cowboys upgrade the position by a free agent such as or for one. At this point, it all points toward starting alongside either Jeff Heath or George Iloka.

    An upgrade would definitely be ideal. Heath is an average safety in the NFL and Iloka should be a reliable veteran who will surely compete for the starting role. On the other side will be Xavier Woods, who's had a very promising start to his career so far. He makes smart decisions on the field and has shown off a great range when in coverage. As far as Woods is concerned, the Cowboys will have a talented quality starter with a ton of upside.

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    Dallas Cowboys S Xavier Woods

    It's the other spot that has fans worried. Despite Heath's play-making ability that makes him shine from time to time, he's highly inconsistent. And while Iloka might be an upgrade over him, we still don't know how much he can bring to the table after spending the in the Minnesota Viking's bench.

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    But should we really be concerned about the Cowboys' safety position? After all, this shined last season with Jeff Heath lining up as the starter. Now, don't get me wrong. The team could use an upgrade and there's a considerable weakness at the position. However, their defense might be strong enough to shine despite of it.

    After all, that's what happened last year. At times it hurt to have said weakness, but the rest of the defense made up for it. led the group and held opposing receivers to poor performances. and dominated in their first year together and the consistently won in the trenches with , , among others.

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    Heading into 2019, the duo will have more experience, the defensive line will be improved with pick and other key free agent additions. Not to mention a group of that will have spent another with as their position coach. And while a major upgrade at safety didn't happen, at the very least, the Cowboys did a nice job of improving the position's depth.

    The Cowboys do have a weakness at safety, but we might be surprised to see how the defense operates once the season begins. This was one of the best units in the league last year, and they have what it takes to improve their level in 2019.

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    Mauricio Rodriguez
    Mauricio Rodriguezhttps://www.facebook.com/PrimeroCowboys/
    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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    DevilDog58

    Every year I hope tha Cowboys spend a high pick on a Safety and every year I’m disappointed. Maybe they think Donavan will be another late round gem but the odds are against it. Perhaps Iloka can give them enough improvement this year and they’ll get a great SS next year. But based on past history, I’m not holding my breath. Heath is best suited as a ST player and can provide depth at S. But Woods needs a talented partner in crime. I just hope Marinelli is right about Hill because with great OLs and DLs the rest of the team will be much better.

    elindio42

    Fans and media thought that ET was in play, but I don’t think the team seriously considered him or any of the other over priced safeties.