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Will Chidobe Awuzie’s Return Benefit The Cowboys Defense?

Will Chidobe Awuzie's Return Benefit The Cowboys Defense?

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Will Chidobe Awuzie’s Return Benefit The Cowboys Defense?

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Will Chidobe Awuzie’s Return Benefit The Cowboys Defense?

Word surfaced on Monday that the Dallas Cowboys 2017 second-round draft pick Chidobe Awuzie is expected to practice this week and possibly play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. This is great news considering the rookie defensive back has missed the last five out of six games, but will his return benefit the Cowboys defense?

It’s no secret Chidobe Awuzie has been dealing with a hamstring injury this season and it has caused him to miss games. Cowboys Nation knows all too well how the dreaded h-word tends to strike Cowboys players and how it always seems to linger throughout the season. This has definitely been the case for Awuzie so far, but if healthy he could possibly make an immediate impact.

The Dallas Cowboys spent a second-round pick on him in the 2017 NFL Draft for a reason. Chidobe Awuzie was expected to come in and contribute right away after the Cowboys pretty much cleaned house in their secondary. Injuries have unfortunately kept that from happening, but the wait might finally be over. The defense could certainly use his unique skill set.

You may have forgotten, but Chidobe Awuzie is a versatile defensive back who the Cowboys were really looking forward to inserting into their secondary. They obviously had a plan to use that versatility to their advantage and to utilize his unique skill set much like his college coaching staff did during his time at Colorado.

CB Chidobe Awuzie

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

While at Colorado, Awuzie played nearly every position in the secondary. Not only did he play nearly every position, but he excelled, especially as a blitzer. His size, speed, and footwork would allow him to play anywhere in the Cowboys secondary as well. Whether it is at safety or cornerback, it doesn’t really matter. He would likely be an immediate upgrade.

Now, with the way the Dallas Cowboys defense has continued to improve week after week, I don’t really know where Awuzie fits in right now. I kind of doubt the Cowboys coaching staff wants to make any changes with the way the defense is performing right now, but it’s good to have Chidobe in their back pocket.

Injuries have already hit the cornerback position pretty hard this season. In fact, Anthony Brown is the only CB who contributes on a regular basis not to sustain an injury. Let’s just hope that doesn’t change anytime soon (knock on wood). So, it’s good to have a player as talented as Chidobe in the fold once again.

I personally wouldn’t be surprised if the Dallas Cowboys had a specific role in mind for Chidobe Awuzie when he returns to the field. His versatility and athleticism could allow Rod Marinelli to really get creative with coverages, and I believe that will benefit the entire Cowboys defense. But, what that role may be is still a mystery…

Regardless of what kind of defensive role #33 has going forward, it is definitely great news to have back in the mix of things for the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Chidobe Awuzie’s return will benefit the defense?

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

10 Comments
  • Ernest D. Hollins

    If they use him wisely. Only in certain packages right now. Hope he stays healthy.

    • Brian Martin

      I completely agree with you Ernest. They need to work him back slowly and probably only in certain situations. I think they have a specific role in mind for him and hopefully his hamstring injuries are behind him. I think he can be a difference maker if he’s able to stay healthy.

  • EverybodyTalks

    The bottom line for me… “You can never have too many good Dbs “ It will be good to see him out on the field and I hope he can stay healthy for the rest of the season.

    • Brian Martin

      You’re absolutely right. Having him back in the mix is a good thing and if he can stay healthy, he may be able to earn a larger role. I wouldn’t mind seeing him challenge Anthony Brown for the starting gig. Brown has really been struggling this year.

  • Hobbes49

    Absolutely helps. The more talented DB’s, the better. More competition as well, which is a good thing.

    • Brian Martin

      I absolutely agree. I think Awuzie would probably be starting if not for the hamstring injuries. I’m really looking forward to getting him back on the field.

  • Albert Smith

    I can’t wait to see White next year as well.

    • Brian Martin

      He is definitely intriguing. I hope he’s able to develop on the Cowboys PS and he’s ready to come in and contribute next year or even this year if needed.

  • dallas1966

    Brian, I think Cheetos, has been healthy, all the time. THE delay, which co-inside with Zeke serving his suspension, is no accident. I believe you hit the head of the nail, when discussed Cheetos , mysterious role, he is about unleash, during these next six games, will put this Cowboys defense on another level. I think Coach Marinelli, has a special role, that only Cheetos, skill set, can pull of, kinda like Troy Polomalu, did for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in his hey day, AND John Lynch, WITH Tampa Bay, during its Super Bowl run.

    The coverage will be much tighter, causing the opposition quarterback to hold the ball longer, which will play in Coach Marinelli scheme of things.

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t think Awuzie has been healthy hardly at all this season. I think if he would have been, he would likely be starting right now in place of a struggling Anthony Brown. But, I do believe Marinelli has a specific role in mind for him. And yes, I do believe he will make the Cowboys secondary better.

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