Dallas Cowboys: Great opportunity ahead for these Dallas defensive backs

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The Dallas Cowboys appear to be getting some key members of their secondary back

The Dallas Cowboys need to find some answers regarding their secondary these last three games of the season. What they see from a few key players will go a long way in what they do this offseason.  Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods? Naw, they’re as good as gone.

I’m referring to the young group of Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Donovan Wilson. Unlike the previously mentioned three, these players are under contract next season. If they can show promise these last three weeks, they could earn a spot in the Dallas Cowboys plans going forward. If they can’t show the necessary skills/potential, Dallas might be looking for their replacements.

Up until now, playing time has been limited for Brown, Diggs, and Wilson. All three have been hit with injuries and sidelined. But good news out of The Star this week indicates all three could be back this week. And since all three hope to figure into the Cowboys’ starting secondary next season, seeing them play together one last time before the offseason is pretty key.

Trevon Diggs, CB

Trevon Diggs is likely the most secure in his position next season. The rookie cornerback flashed enough this season that he’s all but assured one of the starting spots next season. His feast or famine nature to his game has brought on some comparisons to Pro Bowler Marcus Peters.

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But a strong final few games would go a long way in what the Dallas Cowboys do in free agency this offseason. If he shows out strong, Dallas won’t feel compelled to bring a veteran free agent to stabilize things. If he struggles, they’ll probably use free agency as well as the draft to address CB.

Anthony Brown, CB

Under contract for the next two seasons, it looks like Anthony Brown is secure in his post as nickel cornerback. But looking at the numbers a little closer, he could easily be a cap casualty this offseason, with little financial fallout.

Anthony Brown has played horribly this season. There’s really no other way to say it. The normally reliable and versatile defensive back has looked a step behind all year. If he can’t play better these last few games, Dallas can’t justify his $5.750 million cap number next year.

Donovan Wilson, SAF

Donovan Wilson has the most to gain these last three games. The former Day 3 pick has flashed when given opportunities and is a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. While his tangible traits and ceiling is limited, he has a knack for the big play and often finds himself in the right place at the right time.

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As of now Wilson looks like a SAF3 who plays primarily in the box. But a strong showing could bump him up from rotational piece to starter in 2021. This outcome would help the Dallas Cowboys immensely this offseason since they already need to replace starter Xavier Woods at SAF1.

These last three weeks are important – if for no other reason than giving young players a chance to earn roster spots for next year, and giving the Dallas brass a more reasonably sized to-do list.

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Anthony Brown, Trevon Diggs, and Donovan Wilson are all making their way back. If they can play well as individuals and/or play well as a unit, it would go a long way in helping the Dallas Cowboys manage this offseason.

  • Published on 12/17/2020 at 12:01 PM
  • Last updated at 12/17/2020 at 10:51 AM