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

Sean Martin



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, or Tweet to me at @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.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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