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Safety (4) Donovan Wilson, Damontae Kazee, Jayron Kearse, Israel Mukuamu
Wilson is a starting safety as is Kazee. Kearse will be used as a 2-high safety and brings great size to an otherwise thin group of guys. Finally, the rookie Mukuamu makes it as the last safety. My personal “pet cat” has man coverage ability and safety skills. He’s smart and a team leader. This coaching staff is going to love him and find a way to get him on the roster and get him snaps.
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Linebacker (5) Micah Parsons, Keanu Neal, Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Jabril Cox
This should be the most interesting training camp battle of the year. The Dallas Cowboys have five tantalizing linebackers and there are really only two, maybe three linebacker spots since they are expected to play nickel 70% of the time.
But this isn’t as cut and dry as most competitions. The Dallas Cowboys are expected to rotate their linebackers in a variety of ways. Parsons has pass-rush skills so he’ll likely get snaps as an edge rusher. Cox is the best coverage LB so he’ll get some specialized opportunities there.
Neal is going to be used heavily at WILL and will probably log a ton of snaps. Leighton will back him up at WILL and rotate in to keep everyone fresh. Jaylon will probably bounce between MIKE and SAM and should carve out a decent role.
At the end of the day, there’s going to be a handful of battles that deserve our utmost attention. Linebacker will be the craziest, CB the most important, and DT the biggest wildcard. Things will change once the pads go on but where we stand now, these are the guys on the inside