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Did the Dallas Cowboys improve at safety in 2018?

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Taking a good look at every position on the roster and asking the question: Did the Cowboys improve?

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[In this series, we’ll take a look at the additions and subtractions at every position on the Dallas Cowboys roster. We’ll compare where the Cowboys were to where they currently sit and ask the ultimate question. Did the Cowboys improve or not? In other words, do you feel better about the state of the roster going into the 2018 season?]

Last season:

Byron Jones - Moved from FS to CB

Jeff Heath - started 15 games, 63 tackles, five passes defensed, three interceptions, two forced fumbles

Xavier Woods - drafted 189th overall (6th round), 16 games played, four starts (at CB &S), 40 tackles, three passes defensed, one interception, one fumble recovery

Kavon Frazier - 15 games played, 26 tackles, one forced fumble

Jameill Showers - Practice squad

This season:

Jeff Heath

Xavier Woods

Kavon Frazier

Jameill Showers

Marqueston Huff - bounced around five different teams (TEN, BAL, JAX, KC and TB), signed as free agent

Kameron Kelly - UDFA San Diego State, College stats: played four seasons (CB, WR, S), 45 games, 164 tackles, 15 passes defensed, nine interceptions, eight TFL’s, two forced fumbles, two sacks

Kyle Queiro - UDFA Northwestern, College stats: played four seasons, 34 games, 128 tackles, 14 passed defensed, eight interceptions, eight TFL’s, one fumble recovery

The safety position is a little up in the air though the Cowboys have remained steadfast in feeling comfortable with the guys they have. Still, Stephen Jones has also stated that he feels they may still have work to do at the position after the draft. Both Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods are pegged to be the starters and they played well last season. The Cowboys also have given cornerback Chidobe Awuzie some looks at safety, too.

Woods came out of college last season as a playmaker who snagged 14 interceptions in three seasons. He was able to make a leaping pick off Matt Ryan last season but spent a lot of time playing slot cornerback for the Cowboys. This season, he’s primed to become a bigger contributor and could be their day one starter at free safety. Jeff Heath would then man the strong safety position, there is no doubt that he has instincts and athleticism, he’s often referred to as one of the fastest players on the team.

Kavon Frazier has been a special teams ace that saw more action on the defense last season. He’s got pretty solid athleticism himself and would fit the role of an NFL strong safety if he can show consistency to be trusted down after down. Jameill Showers has been their project player hanging around the practice squad for a few seasons. From what we’ve seen, Showers is a better quarterback than safety prospect. Huff played in 41 games as backup for five different teams from 2014-2016 but didn’t play at all in 2017. Huff was last released by the Buccaneers in week two of last season.

Kelly and Queiro are two young undrafted guys that played at small schools but had solid resumes. Kelly has been a pet cat of many here at BTB and he’ll battle it out with Huff and Queiro for a roster spot.

Conclusion: The safety position in the NFL is at a standstill with a list of quality free agents out there unsigned. No team wants to dish out huge money for safeties and Tre Boston, a free agent, said that the market has been “rough”. The Cowboys interest in disgruntled Seahawk Earl Thomas has run hot and cold at different times in this offseason. This position hasn’t received any real improvement from last year to now and it still feels unfinished. Who knows if there will be any movement at the position before training camp on any NFL team? Until they line up to play week one with this current group, we shouldn’t trust that the Cowboys are done shopping just yet.

Poll

Did the Cowboys improve at safety in 2018?

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  • 25%
    Yes
    (302 votes)
  • 51%
    No
    (616 votes)
  • 22%
    Indifferent
    (273 votes)
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