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Updates on stories involving the Dallas Cowboys plus a look at some moves by potential free agent defensive back moves.

Cowboys Free Agency: Quality Defensive Backs Still Available


Four days into free agency, quality defensive backs still remain. The Dallas Cowboys may have interest.

SportingNews - Ranking the top 25 NFL defensive backs (Newman, Williams, Hamlin & Jones)


Dallas has four DBs in the top 25 on this list. Denver, Oakland, Philly and Green Bay each have two. No other team has more than 1. 11. Terence Newman, CB, Cowboys. Newman is an explosive athlete who shows great speed and agility. He can also be overaggressive in coverage but has the makeup speed to get back in position. He has learned to play with maturity and better technique. He also has become more of a playmaker with 8 interceptions and 144 tackles over the past two seasons. His improved coverage skills are the reason Anthony Henry sees so many balls come his way. 19. Roy Williams, S, Dallas Cowboys. Williams is a big, physical safety who is at his best playing close to the line of scrimmage. Although he's a big-time tackler and playmaker who can separate the ballcarriers from balls, he has always struggled in coverage, and teams are learning to exploit that weakness. Dallas has the depth in the secondary to use multiple personnel groups to try to hide Williams' deficiencies, but the fact remains he has become a nearly one-dimensional player, which is why he is so low on this list. 24. Adam Jones, CB, Dallas Cowboys. Jones is both physical and athletic, and plays bigger than his size. He can run with anyone, make big plays on the ball, and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. The issue, of course, is that his body of NFL work is limited, as is his ability to make good decisions off the field. If his head is on straight, Jones has the skills to be one of the NFL's very best. 25. Ken Hamlin, S, Cowboys. Hamlin ranked in the top 10 in the league in passes defensed last season, and was fourth among safeties with five interceptions. He has great range and can track down many balls while playing in center field. Hamlin is at his best jumping routes in zone coverage, but he can also match up with both tight ends and slot wide receivers. He is a strong complement to Roy Williams and is the player who may best be able to keep Williams on the field. T-New should be higher on the list. Hamlin should be at least higher than Roy, and I think a lot of folks would not put Roy on the list at all. Jones makes the list even missing a season...

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Deion Sanders takes you inside his defensive backs clinic on NFL Total Access. (Includes Pacman)

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