Dallas Cowboys Training Camp: Top-5 position battles to watch in 2020

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Dallas Cowboys Battle No. 1: Starting cornerback

Primary Competition: Trevon Diggs, Chidobe Awuzie, Daryl Worley, Maurice Canady, Jourdan Lewis

With Byron Jones leaving in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys are left with a massive hole at CB1. There’s now no proven player on the roster capable of consistently locking down a WR1 or WR2 in single coverage, meaning the entire secondary is going to have to adapt in 2020.

To make matters worse, Dallas’ CB2 from last year may be transitioning to safety this season. While Chido is better suited to play in the box and inside, he leaves a frightening void at CB2. While I think Chido will ultimately stay at outside CB, the Dallas Cowboys have indicated otherwise (see related story below) and are clearly looking to find answers at both boundary CB spots in 2020.

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The good news is the Dallas Cowboys are loaded with options: Rookie Trevon Diggs, free agent acquisitions Maurice Canady and Daryl Worley, and fan darling Jourdan Lewis are going to be the primary completion at starting cornerback (Reggie Robinson is likely to be a project and Anthony Brown was re-signed to be the inside nickel cornerback).

The bad news is cornerback may be the most important position on an NFL defense and it has the potential to be the Cowboys’ weakest link. That’s not ideal for a team with postseason aspirations.

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All of the options are wildcards since they all appear to have untapped potential. Diggs and Reggie Robinson, are rookies still learning the position, Chido was held back by the previous regime’s system, and Lewis and Canady haven’t had the opportunities. It wouldn’t be surprising to see any one of them step up and claim a spot since all posses relatively unknown ceilings.

Since CB could single handedly sink the Dallas Cowboys season this year, it’s by far the most important battle to watch this preseason. And with so many skilled, yet unproven, challengers in the mix, it looks like it may be one of the most entertaining battles to watch as well.

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What do you think Cowboys Nation? Do any of these worry you? Which one’s are you looking forward to the most? Sound off!