As another draft comes and goes, we’re again wondering who is going to play free safety, and why that position continues to be neglected by the Cowboys front office.
For such an important position in today’s pass-heavy offensive approaches, it’s baffling to see the Cowboys ignore the position, and even make jokes about not adding a player of quality to the free safety position. With Damontae Kazee the only true free safety option on the roster, who is likely to be eased into football activities in OTA’s and training camp due to coming off a torn Achilles, the Cowboys could turn to 2020 fourth-round pick Reggie Robinson to fill the safety void yet again.
If you remember, Robinson was actually moved to the safety position last year in camp, and remained there on the depth chart for the entire season, even with all the struggles and injuries at the cornerback position, his natural position. Robinson, a 6’1”, 205-lb defensive back out of Tulsa, fits the safety prototype with good overall size and athleticism for the position. Where Robinson will win the coaches over is with his ball skills and ability to turn the ball over from the free safety position.
There were rumors heading into the draft that the Cowboys had shifted him back to the corner position this offseason, but without drafting a safety in the 2021 NFL Draft, and with Kazee coming off a torn Achilles, the bodies are thin, especially at the free safety position. Another interesting angle to the Reggie Robinson back to safety theory is this.
According to Mockdraftable.com, Robinson has an athletic and size comparison to Oregon defensive back Jevon Holland, a player the Cowboys showed a lot of interest in during the 2021 NFL Draft. The Cowboys missed out on Holland in the draft, but they could look to turn to Robinson to do similar things that they would have asked Holland to do if he were drafted in 2021.
While Robinson may not be the ideal starting free safety, he might have the best traits and ball skills to allow Kazee time to rehab, and split-time with him throughout the season.