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Will Jeff Heath be a Starter or Backup in 2018?

There seems to be quite a bit of optimism surrounding the after the hiring of . A lot of is hoping that he can re-create the “Legion of Boom” here in Dallas, but do the Cowboys have the personnel to do it?

There's no denying the Cowboys have some very talented young . , , and all had fantastic rookie seasons and they have only started to scratch the surface of their true potential. We could even throw into that conversation as well, even though he struggled at times in 2017.

Kris Richard definitely has something to work with, at least at . But, the position for the Cowboys could probably use an upgrade.

I wouldn't be all that surprised if we see completely new faces starting at safety for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. There have already been rumors might be moving back to cornerback. That would leave as the only Cowboy safety with any kind of starting experience.

Unfortunately, Jeff Heath has been the favorite whipping boy for a lot of . When there was blame to be placed in the secondary, it usually fell on Heath's shoulders whether it was warranted or not.

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Kris Richard will probably have a pretty big input on who the Cowboy starting safeties will be next season. You can bet he has already evaluated every single one of his secondary players and already has a pretty good idea of how he wants to deploy them.

Right now, the biggest enigma in the Cowboy secondary has to be the safety position and more importantly what to do with Jeff Heath. Will he be a starter or backup in 2018?

Heath actually performed pretty well in 2017. He finished the season with 71 tackles, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions. That compares pretty favorably with the safety everybody wants to bring to Dallas, , who finished last season with 88 tackles, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. But, we all know statistics don't show the big picture.

We all know Earl Thomas is the more talented of the two players, but that's not to say Jeff Heath isn't worthy of his starting job. I know some of you will disagree, but I believe he proved that last season.

What happens to Jeff Heath in 2018 will likely depend on what the Dallas Cowboys are able to do in and through the draft. Adding another safety at some point is definitely an priority, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be an upgrade over Heath.

As things stand right now, Jeff Heath is still penciled in as one of the starting safeties heading into the . The other starting safety spot is up for grabs. Who knows, maybe we'll see completely new faces at the safety position, much like we did at CB last year.

Do you think Jeff Heath remains the starting safety?

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Nick Russo

I don’t know if starter is what is important. As it stands today before the draft, I would like to see a rotation of 3 guys at safety. I think that Byron Jones needs to move back to corner and I think Xavier Woods can be moved to safety. Kavon Frazier showed that the strong safety ability throughout the end of last season and I think he will earn some significant playing time because of it. Heath has to fit in there with them. I don’t think heath is a star safety that should be on the field every play, but he does have a knack for making plays at times. If we could find the right way to mix all three guys into the mix, I think that’s the best option. Unless we go out and draft a Derwin James (though unlikely).

oneputter

i don’t think he is starter material. he is a good back up and ST player, that’s it.

the rotation mess has to stop. i don’t like the fact that we rotate so many on the DL or in secondary. players need to get a feel for the game, get into a groove. we rotate to darn much and half the time end up penalized for it.

if we don’t land james (FSU) then we need to go with 25 and 35 at the safety spots. both showed they can play back there. both saw more playing time last year so i think it will only help.

as for jones i think it’s time to call this a wasted 1st round pick, try and move him or release him. he couldn’t cover as a safety but we want him on the corner?! we have our corners. lewis and chidobe/brown (corner and slot) interchangeable. keep the vet bene and land another during the draft or go with duke thomas who i think had a really good preseason last year.

Travis Diggs

I asked a similar question last offseason ” If Kellen Moore was released would he be a back up somewhere else” and i said hell no because ONLY the cowboys like him. If Jeff Heath was released today would he be a starting safety somewhere else and the question is Hell no again because ONLY the cowboys value him as a starting caliber safety. While he’s not a BUM, he’s far far from a starting safety in this league and i wish cowboys fans would get this through their minds. Hopefully they get somebody else to start with Xavier Woods at safety

Tommy Davis

Your comments are right on, Jeff Heath is a backup at best, he is terrible in coverage, most of his tackles come after someone else is in the process of making the play. He could not start for any other NFL team except for the Cowboys who often does not play the most talented. J. Lewis, C. Awuzie, X.Woods and K .Frazier should get the bulk of the playing time, That’s when the defense is at it’s best, S. Lee, Jaylon Smith, A. Hithchens, D. Lawrence, D. Irving, M. Collins along with that secondary gives the Cowboys an excellent defense, the missing element is a tough run stuffing defensive tackle who can also rush the passer. That would make the eleven Dallas defenders a force.

Tommy Davis

The Cowboys should look for that tough defensive tackle in the draft, (Vita Vea of Washington) would be an excellent fit. Also , a fast, quick, elusive receiver that can get separation for the QB is a must. Those 2 upgrades along with an additional left guard and offensive tackle would really improve the Cowboys team for the upcoming season.

winstar

Move Heath to LB…can cover TE’s and is a snot knocker in the run game. Just a thought.

Russ_Te

Heath has shown amazing powers to hang on the bottom edge of this roster for years…

But he can also fill in at K, so there you have it… ;^)

The SS job is Frazier’s if he can take it in camp. Thomas plays FS and I don’t want to spend high FA $ when I think Woods will be a force there if you stop moving him around to other positions.

If I have FA $, I want a legit speed WR or legit swing OL – much more impact in that.

Melvin S Edgmand

And who they gonna put there he only led the team in picks not bad for a back up smh

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