Cowboys Nation, we may have a serious problem. The Dallas Cowboys lack of safety depth was already a pretty big concern prior to this past Sunday’s scrimmage, however, it’s probably even more so after Xavier Woods’ recent injury.
Xavier Woods exited the Cowboys scrimmage early due to an injury, which left many of us somewhat panic stricken. With already very little depth at the safety position, losing Woods for any length of time would be extremely detrimental for the entire defense.
Fortunately, it was revealed No. 25 sustained a groin strain that shouldn’t have any long-term effects. That of course is great news, however, it doesn’t lessen the concerns about the depth behind Xavier Woods. In fact, it only increases the brightness of the spotlight already shining on the position.
Throughout training camp the Dallas Cowboys have been mixing and matching their safeties and cornerbacks in the hopes of finding the right pairing with Xavier Woods. Now with Woods banged up for who knows how long, they have to continue to carousel players in and out to find the right combination.
I know what you’re probably thinking… Signing Free Agent S Earl Thomas would definitely help solidify the position. To that, there’s not an argument I could give that wouldn’t make that a true statement. Whatever reason though, the Cowboys don’t seem interested in going that route as of yet.
Sadly, that leaves the Dallas Cowboys between a rock and a hard place in my opinion. It looks as if they will stick with Darian Thompson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Donovan Wilson as their safeties with Xavier Woods out while they continue to cross train CBs like Daryl Worley, Reggie Robinson, and Chidobe Awuzie.
If this is indeed the plan, the Cowboys are taking a huge risk that may or may not pay off. I don’t know about you, but I would feel much more comfortable if they sign someone who could solidify the position cough cough Earl Thomas, much like they did at defensive end with Everson Griffen. For now though, I guess we’ll just have to sit back and cross our fingers that everything will work itself out.