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Will Jeff Heath’s Departure Mean a New Cowboys Team Captain in 2020?

While some aren't going to miss 's work at for the , he also served as a team captain and locker room leader. With Heath leaving for the Raiders in , does his departure mean we'll see a new team captain named in 2020?

In past seasons under the Cowboys have typically named five captains; two on , two on , and one on .

Last season Dallas went with six captains: QB and G on offense, DE and LB on defense, and then Heath and P on special teams.

Heath is the only one of those players who isn't returning in 2020. Therefore, it's quite possible that the Cowboys will just stick with those five holdovers from last year.

Giving Heath's captaincy to a new player is completely up to Dallas. They could make it another special teams leader, such as longtime veteran or a coverage specialist like .

and have both been captains in the past and have big locker room presences. Either of them would make sense from a role.

While he's new to the roster, DT has been one of the biggest names in the NFL for many years now. Making him a captain would show deference to his accomplishments and further legitimize him as a new leader with teammates.

Xavier Woods
Dallas Cowboys safety

One guy who could make sense is Xavier Woods, who will be entering his third year as a starting safety and now the more tenured of Dallas' . With all of the change taking place in the right now, Woods stands out for his stability among the projected 2020 starters.

Another third-year guy with a big role is . While fellow Jaylon Smith is already a captain, Vander Esch is expected to have an equal role on and off the field. They've been compared in the past to the duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs in Chicago, and both of those greats were captains during their time.

If we're looking for guys with big personalities and presences, how about ? Now a few years removed from the accusation, Zeke is as much a superstar as anyone on the roster and would make sense to represent the team.

A big x-factor here is the change in from Garrett to . While some teams have traditions that transcend the coach, the Cowboys are likely to let McCarthy handle things his own way to help him take control over the locker room.

During his years in Green Bay, McCarthy went along with the Packers' tradition of naming weekly captains for each game. Given how long he was there, perhaps Mike will bring that same idea over to the Cowboys.

The naming of captains may not mean much to some of us but serves as an interesting look into the internal dynamics of the team. They choices generally reflect who are the true leaders among the roster and who the coaches respect in that role.

Jeff Heath set a great example with his work ethic and effort and earned his captain position last year. Will the Cowboys recognize a new player, or will Mike McCarthy change the way that captains are named as the new head coach?

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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