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Is Xavier Woods the Future at Safety?

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Is Xavier Woods The Future At Safety?

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Dallas Cowboys' sixth round draft choice, Xavier Woods. Some of that buzz has been negative due to his lack of availability. After an incredible preseason game against the Rams, Woods was sidelined with an injury that held him out of practice as well as the Cowboys' third and final preseason game.

But now the hype around Xavier Woods is starting to pick right back up where it left off. In his first practice back since being sidelined with a hamstring injury, he made a huge play in practice.

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Welcome back to practice, Xavier Woods. He just jumped a route to pick off Kellen Moore in the end zone. Would've been 6 in a game.

Now some will say, "well it's just practice" and "It's Kellen Moore", but the fact that he is showing in practice what he showed on film at Louisiana Tech makes me feel awfully good about his chances of developing into a really nice player for the Cowboys defense.

Now getting him on the field is the next question. With Byron Jones and Jeff Heath as the two penciled in starting safeties, and Kavon Frazier making some noise this offseason as well, where is his place?

I think the best case scenario for Xavier Woods is to play in a role similar to what J.J. Wilcox did last year for the team. Having a guy like Woods play 20 to 30 snaps a game early in the season is perfect for a young guy with tons of upside.

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Dallas Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods

Giving Woods a smaller workload early on will only help limit his mistakes and build his confidence on the field.

We saw just that in week one of the preseason. In that game, Woods started off slow, missing a few tackles and taking a few bad angles. But once he started finding his groove he made multiple tackles in the open field that forced punts. Along with a huge hit in the middle of the field that jarred the ball lose from the open receiver.

While he's likely not taking anyone's job initially, he's one of those players that will keep Jeff Heath on his toes while on the field.

If Heath does start to struggle and Woods is making the plays we expect him to, I don't think these coaches will hesitate to give this year's sixth round pick a shot at the starting job.

Xavier Woods has a strong nose for the football, whether it's forcing fumbles, recovering fumbles, grabbing interceptions, or sacking the quarterback. Turnovers are something Xavier Woods specializes in and is something this Cowboys defense desperately needs in 2017.

Do you think Xavier Woods is the team's future at safety?



Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!

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  • miles ward

    yesssss

  • John Williams

    I think what helps Woods is his ability to cover in the slot and to cover tight ends. He can get on the field in a variety of defensive formations, especially with Lewis and Awuzie hampered by injury.

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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup

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Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott? 1

Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.

Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman

Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.

In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.

Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.



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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

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For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

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Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

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Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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