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Jeff Heath Shines During First Day of Cowboys Mini-Camp

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Jeff Heath Shines During First Day of Mini-camp
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This Tuesday, our beloved Dallas Cowboys held their first day of mini-camp practice. Position battles begin earlier than training camp and Jeff Heath knows this. With a safety starting spot up for grabs, you can bet there will be a good battle.

Robert Blanton, Kavon Frazier, rookie Xavier Woods, and Jeff Heath will try their best to play alongside Byron Jones this season.

If you like the Cowboys and you're on Twitter, then you know who the GOAT is. Not Troy Aikman, not Emmitt Smith... Cowboys Nation's GOAT goes by the name of Jeff Heath. Even though it's only June, he is not disappointing us.

He had two interceptions during the first day of mini-camp, including one where he was helping with Dez. Dak is not an easy guy to pick off, but the GOAT did it twice in a day.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jeff Heath was the star of Day 1 of minicamp. Two interceptions going against first-team offense

We'll have to wait to see if more Jeff Heath stories like this are told in training camp. But it is fair to say that Jeff Heath has made some plays when he's been on the field.

Bobby Belt recently pointed out on his show, Cowboys Cast, that since 2013 (including playoff games), Heath is tied for the most interceptions on the team. Not that five is a lot, but considering he hasn't played as many snaps as others, that's not a bad stat.

All "GOAT" jokes aside, Jeff Heath has proven to be a very good player, and often an underrated one.

Heath is an athletic safety with flashes of a playmaker, something this defense desperately needs.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see him playing constantly this year, especially at the start of the season. Even if Xavier Woods gets the starting job eventually, I'm betting we see #38 a lot more throughout 2017.

Would you like to see Jeff Heath as a starter in 2017?

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  1. Tracy Slayton

    June 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Although I am a fan of Jeff, I can’t help but worry if the balls thrown were off-target… Not a good sign for our quarterback.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      June 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Dak reportedly didn’t have a very good day this Tuesday. I get your point, however, I don’t think we should be concerned about it. From what I read, one ball was a tipped one and one he was helping with Dez.

      • Tracy Slayton

        June 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        Hey, it sounds like Jeff was in the right place both times. Good to hear. And I agree with Travis, I’m looking forward to seeing what Xavier can do.

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          Mauricio Rodriguez

          June 16, 2017 at 10:49 am

          Me too, I think it will be epic to see him play alongside Byron. Thanks for reading Tracy!

  2. Travis Diggs

    June 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I like heath but as a starter im not 100% sure yet He will definently get his playing time but im curious to see what Xavier Woods has to offer , i feel like we need a enforcer in that secondary U kno somebody that can lay the wood

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      June 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      What is up Travis? I totally agree with you and I’ve even made it known that Woods was my favorite pick in terms of value for this team. I am sure he will end up as a starter at some point this season. I am interested to see if Heath gets his chance when the season begins though, that would be nice.

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

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The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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