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

    No longer just a ace, Cowboys S 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 without , we have not had as much time to study the progression of a that lost two safeties in and along with two starting cornerbacks in and to .

    The Cowboys amassed just 30 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 , but with Kavon Frazier seeing the field more along with CB making his first start, the 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.

    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 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. ' best spot in this 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 , and they just might, but Woods has been asked to drop into coverage a lot with 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.

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

    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 against the block of the , allowing Dallas to not be outnumbered on the toss to the outside.

    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 this week, right in time to face a depleted 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 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.

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    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.

    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.