It is often noted that there are three phases to a football game: offense, defense, and special teams. The final element there, special teams, was a thorn in the Cowboys’ side last season. Dallas had one of the worst special teams groups in the NFL in 2019 and are hoping to rebound with John Fassel taking the reins at coordinator.
Players on special teams are vital, even if what they do doesn’t always show up in the box score. The Cowboys are clearly aware of that as they are bringing back one of their special teams standouts from last season.
Dallas is bringing back cornerback CJ Goodwin on a one-year deal
CJ Goodwin has been a part of the Dallas Cowboys since 2018. While he is a core special teamer he also has some experience, obviously, at cornerback. He is officially headed back for 2020.
Goodwin led the Cowboys in number of special teams snaps last year with 289. He was in on 65.53% of special teams plays last year.
The Cowboys have been working on retaining a lot of their players this week and have done some work to solidify the cornerback position. While Goodwin does play a lot on special teams he gives the group another body at this particular spot.
As far as cornerbacks go the Cowboys began free agency with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis as their top options. They have since added Maurice Canady, returned Anthony Brown, and are now also bringing back CJ Goodwin.
Welcome back, CJ.