3 Dallas Cowboys on the verge of their first Pro Bowl in 2020

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First Time Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler No. 3

Xavier Woods, SAF

Age: 25

PFF Rank: 24th 

The Dallas Cowboys aren’t exactly known for developing Pro Bowl safeties. Part of that is the scheme they’ve played and part is their refusal to invest in the position, either through free agency or the draft. But with that said, this may be the year things change.

Xavier Woods is far and away Dallas top safety on the roster. He’s going to be the man in any and every high-leverage situation this season and will be given every opportunity to shine. With free agency and a major payday awaiting him in 2021, Woods will be extra motivated to give his all this year.

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The good news for Woods is the Dallas Cowboys are no longer as transparent as they once were. The single high role he played most of last season will no longer be his base scheme so he should have chances to shine in multiple roles and responsibilities around the field. Woods has also been fairly proficient in man coverage so it’s possible he’ll draw some man responsibilities this season.

The Dallas Cowboys pass-rush has the potential to be utterly dominant which should only add to Woods’ ability to make plays. With DeMarcus Lawrence, Aldon Smith, Everson Griffen, and even Randy Gregory hurrying the passer, mistakes are going to be made and Woods should be in position to capitalize on said mistakes.

Furthermore, Dallas is expected to be playing with a lead more often than not and that means opponents will be airing it out to keep pace. The opportunities will be there, all Woods has to do is seize those opportunities.

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If things go as planned the Dallas Cowboys will have some new Pro Bowl players on their roster this year