The Dallas Cowboys have a handful of young talent in their young secondary.
Dallas saw a glimpse of what the future holds this past season!
Led by a trio of rookies, Dallas played much better than most thought they would on defense, especially against the pass. The secondary was a big part of that, but it wasn’t until late in the season that we saw the true depth of that secondary.
Chidobe Awuzie suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp, but he would be on the field week one. Awuzie would suffer a setback with his hamstring injury against the Broncos in week two. That would force the rookie out of Colorado to miss time early in the season.
Awuzie’s first season didn’t start out the way he would have hoped, but it would end nicely. Once healthy, Awuzie showed Dallas what they drafted in the second round. His versatility is what had drawn the attention of Dallas back in April. In college, Awuzie played every position in the Colorado secondary.
It’s the versatility of Awuzie that might force Byron Jones back to his natural position of cornerback. Dallas moved him to safety early on in his career, but originally came into the league as a cornerback. This is something that Stephen Jones believes might happen down the road (via 247 Sports).
“Byron to some degree is a victim of his many skills,” said S. Jones, via 105.3FM The Fan. “We believe he can be a press corner. We believe he can be a free safety. Obviously his strong point is not playing down. At the same time, Jeff Heath is more of a deep safety in terms of what complements his skill set.
“…I don’t think Byron’s best spot is down in the box with the tackling, I think Kavon does that better than anyone on the team.”
— Cowboys Report (@cowboys_fanly) January 11, 2018
The #Cowboys got 1,604 defensive snaps out of their three rookie defensive backs (Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods).
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 12, 2018
With all the moving parts Dallas have in their secondary, it will be interesting to see where everyone falls into place at. Youth is on their side (outside of Orlando Scandrick), and if this works out the way some view it will, Dallas could have one of the best secondaries for years.
“The one really unique thing about Byron is he’s really got great skills to cover tight ends and big receivers,” he said. “So this is a work in progress for us in seeing where all these guys fit. There’s no question in my mind Byron’s going to be a big part of what we’re about going forward. We’ve just got to experiment here a little bit with these young guys and see where they fit best because we do have some talented guys that are really good football players.
“It’s just a matter of getting them all in the right spots.”
Is Jones a better fit at cornerback or safety?