The Dallas Cowboys saw two injuries pop up during Sunday evening’s Cowboys Night, and that’s never something that you want to see. Wide receiver Ventell Bryant does not have an ACL tear which is good news, but the other name is one that Cowboys fans are still awaiting word on - Xavier Woods. The team’s starting safety was a casualty of the night, but there is a lot of optimism that he isn’t dealing with anything serious
Stephen Jones noted during his Monday appearance on 105.3 The Fan that the Cowboys haven’t gotten the report on Woods back yet (as of lunchtime) but that they are in fact hopeful about the results.
Stephen Jones on @1053thefan on Xavier Woods: I haven't gotten the report back. We felt pretty good about it yesterday. He just kind of felt it a little bit. But never felt a pop and never lost strength in it.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 31, 2020
He also mentioned flexibility among cornerbacks as a potential fix at the position.
Cornerback flexibility might be a way to handle issues at safety
Over the course of this long offseason, the idea of the Cowboys moving a cornerback to safety has been discussed. Rookie fourth-round pick Reggie Robinson II has already been moved there, something Jones corroborated on Monday, but don’t count out Daryl Worley or Chidobe Awuzie playing over there in a pinch. Stephen Jones mentioned them as options with regards to flexibility.
“Whether that’s a Worley or a Chido. Of course we moved our rookie Robinson back there. So we’ve got some options there that we feel good about. But hopefully in particular, Xavier’s the leader of that group back there. Serves on our senior leadership council back there. Guy we hope’s going to be just fine.”
Awuzie is still ailing so the Cowboys are a bit low on bodies in the secondary at the moment. Of course there are many people who want to see the team bring in a true answer at safety like Earl Thomas or even Logan Ryan, but it appears that the Cowboys would rather go down this route. Or at least they want the world to think that that’s what they would rather do.
We are less than two weeks away from the regular season beginning. What do you think the plan is going to be at corner and safety?