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Sean’s Scout: Kavon Frazier’s Impact Felt Throughout Secondary

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: Kavon Frazier's Impact Felt Throughout Secondary

No longer just a special teams ace, Cowboys S Kavon Frazier was on the field for a season high 35% of the team's defensive snaps on Thursday - a big reason why Dallas was able to return to form against Washington and snap a three game losing streak with a 24-point win.

With so many problems elsewhere on this football team, particularly unexpected issues on offense without Ezekiel Elliott, we have not had as much time to study the progression of a secondary that lost two safeties in Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox along with two starting cornerbacks in Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to free agency.

The Cowboys amassed just 30 sacks last season (already at 25 on 2017), meaning that the varying looks they provided in the back end defensively led to their success on that side of the ball limiting big plays and protecting leads.

It may have taken until week 14, but with Kavon Frazier seeing the field more along with CB Chidobe Awuzie making his first start, the Dallas Cowboys may have found their ideal secondary to make another run this December.

Let's look further at the impact Kavon Frazier made for the Cowboys on Thursday in this Sean's Scout.

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Frazier has excelled in his special teams role thanks to his ability to charge downhill and attack the football fearlessly. Amazingly, putting him either deep at safety or along the line of scrimmage has not affected his ability to play with the same traits and stop running backs in their tracks.

The Cowboys have reportedly been frustrated with the play of Byron Jones, while asking him to play down in the box more. Byron Jones' best spot in this defense is back deep at safety, where he can react to plays in front of him with his range and athleticism.

The Cowboys thought they had their box safety in Xavier Woods, and they just might, but Woods has been asked to drop into coverage a lot with Jeff Heath struggling as the starting safety alongside Jones.

With Frazier emerging as this team's enforcer in the secondary, a role J.J. Wilcox excelled in as the rotational safety last year, Heath's weaknesses can be covered up better as the team sorts out their DIME package - which includes Awuzie as an outside corner.

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Watch the coverage develop right in front of Heath on this interception against the Redskins, as Jaylon Smith closes the gap on Jamison Crowder with the ball going into the arms of Heath.

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With things falling into place nicely in the Cowboys' new-look secondary, this next play shows Frazier read the blocks in front of him to rally to the ball and make yet another stop. That is rookie Xavier Woods along the line of scrimmage holding the edge against the block of the tight end, allowing Dallas to not be outnumbered on the toss to the outside.

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Going back to week 10 in Atlanta, this is also a role #35 Kavon Frazier can handle as a down-the-line player. Translating his instinctive ability down to the second level comes pretty naturally for Frazier, who plays with great balance and burst to finish in the hole.

The Cowboys will welcome back their defensive leader in LB Sean Lee this week, right in time to face a depleted New York Giants offense. The second-to-last game they'll play offensively without Zeke in the backfield, the Cowboys could be the expected force to be reckoned with this December despite all they've had to overcome.

Turning over nearly an entire secondary in a season is no easy task for a team that seemed primed to make a Super Bowl run, but with an abundance of young talent these players have been allowed to play to their strengths in an ideal scheme.

Look no further than S Kavon Frazier for a great example of this currently on the 2017 Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Kavon Frazier’s Impact Felt Throughout Secondary" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • Russ_Te

    Frazier showed last week he is turning a corner from being just a special teams guy. While we don’t know his entire upside, we do know there is a lot of it at SS relative to what Heath gives. Heath should sit now on early downs and Frazier should get his chance as starter.

    While there are always change-ups and coverage rotation, Wood’s best future will not be around the box IMO but at FS due to his size. The guy is a playmaker and this unit will need tons of downs from him next year. Don’t let the OL’s and TE’s grind him down and out.

    That puts Jones at CB with Awuzie. Like with Frazier, let’s get a look at it.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Well said, Russ, and thank you as always for reading. I agree with how the team should use Woods, even if it means moving Byron back to CB. Could be good for both of them.

      • Russ_Te

        As you mentioned Frazier can key a lot of it. If he can show better than Heath, it’s pretty much his job unless an unexpected prospect is signed next year. That should lock Woods in at FS. I just hope the rookies can stay healthy now so the team can really find out what it has in the secondary prior to 2018.

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MRI Negative on Cowboys G Zack Martin’s Knee Injury

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The Dallas Cowboys saw a few guys go down in last night's preseason game, but none scarier than All-Pro guard Zack Martin. Thankfully, they got some good news today on Martin's status.

An MRI of the knee showed no major injury, and that means Zack should be good to go for the team's regular season opener in three weeks.

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys have received results of Zack Martin's MRI & it's encouraging. Source said there's no significant injury to left knee & he could be ready for opener against Carolina on Sept. 9.

Last week, Dallas lost one of their likely reserve guards when Marcus Martin went on injured reserve after the first preseason game. That leaves just Joe Looney as the only trusted reserve right now for the interior line.

But even though Looney has played well at times when called upon, he's no Zack Martin. In fact, only a couple of guys in the entire NFL can claim to be on that level.

Sprains and other non-major injuries to the knee tend to fall into the 2-4 week range for recovery. Barring complications, Martin should be ready to take on the Panthers' Kawann Short, Dontari Poe, and others.

We're still waiting for updates on other key players who were injured last night, such as Safety Xavier Woods, Running Back Bo Scarbrough, and Defensive Lineman Datone Jones. We'll get those to you as they are announced.

Hopefully, they all get the same good news that Zack Martin did today.



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Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters

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Cowboys' Eyeing Training Camp To Extend Zack Martin's Contract

Last Saturday night didn't end well for the Dallas Cowboys, who saw multiple players go down throughout the game, most notably Zack Martin and Xavier Woods. Preseason injuries are always the more painful ones, and when we're talking about someone like Martin, it just makes it worse.

Martin suffered a knee injury and was ruled out after going down. ESPN's Todd Archer tweeted out that a source had claimed the injury was a hyper-extended left knee. This surely would be great news considering the fear right now is a season-ending injury.

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A source said the initial diagnosis of Zack Martin is a hyperextended left knee, but he will undergo an MRI on Sunday. The Cowboys do not practice again until Monday and play Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals. Depending on the severity of the... https://t.co/1MPbJfQph8

Zack is set to have an MRI on Sunday and the team is hopeful the injury isn't that serious. We probably won't see the All-Pro left guard return in the preseason but could see him back on the field as soon as September 9th when the Cowboys kick their season off at Carolina.

Besides Zack Martin being the best offensive guard in the NFL, the Cowboys' offensive line depth is definitely not good. If his injury proves to be worse than what the front office believes, this offense will have to play without arguably their best player.

As we nervously await more news on Martin's knee, there are more injured players to talk about.

Xavier Woods injured his hamstring as he made an effort to intercept the ball and was also ruled out for the game. We still don't know about the severity, but we do know it's the same hamstring that he dealt with last year.

Although Woods isn't anywhere near Zack Martin as a football player, his injury comes at the team's weakest position in depth. Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods are the Cowboys' only legitimate safeties that will earn a roster spot.

If the hamstring injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, we could see the Cowboys getting outside help for the defensive backfield. Whether that means trading for Earl Thomas, some other safety or looking at the free agents available, I don't see the team going into the season with two safeties on the roster.

For now, we need to wait for more results regarding both of these players who will be detrimental to this team's success in 2018. The Cowboys suffered more injuries than these ones, though.

Saad Yousuf on Twitter

And the injuries continue... Jameill Showers is down on the Cowboys sideline with what looks like a knee injury. Still down. Duke Thomas Datone Jones Bo Scarbrough Xavier Woods and the big one, Zack Martin That's the injury list for the Cowboys tonight.

Datone Jones has been impressive during his stay in Dallas and is a quality DT and was ruled out for the game after getting tangled up with the Bengal's offensive line. Seventh-round draft pick Bo Scarbrough suffered a hip injury and is apparently not severe either.

Compared to Woods' and Martin's injuries, these ones won't keep Cowboys' fans up at night. However, hopefully they all turn out to be okay and ready to play as soon as possible. The team's starters make this team a legit threat in the NFC, but when it comes to depth, they're not in a good position.

Tell me what you think about "Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Report: Center Travis Frederick Undergoing Shoulder Evaluation

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After missing the team's walkthrough this morning, it is being reported that Dallas Cowboys starting center Travis Frederick is having his shoulder evaluated due to multiple stingers. According to reports, Frederick has been dealing with stingers all training camp, and the Cowboys are unsure what is wrong with his shoulder.

Frederick rarely misses any practice time at all, and has not missed a start since he entered the league in 2013. He's the catalyst of this offensive line, and will be greatly missed if his injury is severe enough to make him miss regular season game time.

David Helman on Twitter

Jason Garrett says Travis Frederick is getting his shoulder looked at in Los Angeles. He's been dealing with stingers. No update behind that #cowboyswire

Joe Looney has been tasked with replacing Frederick for the time being, taking first team center reps during today's walk through and practice.

Given how meaningless Saturday's game is, I'd expect Looney to start at center against the Bengals this weekend as well. Hopefully the evaluation reveals that Frederick's issues are not serious and he will be ready for game one, but consistent stingers will always make fans fear for the worst.



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