As if having three new starters in the defensive secondary wasn’t enough, the Dallas Cowboys may be forced to add a fourth, at least for the start of training camp.
Cowboys’ safety Gerald Sensabaugh could miss the beginning of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to “clean up” his right knee as both Sensabaugh and Head Coach Jason Garrett put it.
The Cowboys are hoping that safety Sensabaugh can take part in practice beginning July 30th in Oxnard, California, but the team will be careful and use “safety first” so they don’t cause a setback in Sensabaugh’s progress.
Although Gerald Sensabaugh is expected to make a full recovery and return this could be the opportunity some of the younger safeties and back-ups on the roster need to let their abilities shine.
Not to mention, that the spot opposite Gerald Sensabaugh is up for grabs as well.
The Cowboys have a few veterans on the squad that include free-agent acquisition Brodney Pool and 2010 UDFA’s Barry Church and Danny McCray.
Also in the mix is 2012 fourth-round draft pick Matt Johnson.
Personally I want to see Barry Church succeed and win the starting spot opposite Sensabaugh, but that will depend greatly on how well he and the others, vying for the position, have learned Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan’s system.
Church, however, proved to be a valuable asset last season because of his versatility and tackling ability and is considered a favorite to be the opening day starter alongside Sensabaugh.
By taking advantage of the reps that would normally be manned by Gerald Sensabaugh, both the Cowboys and Cowboys’ fans alike hope that one of these young safeties can step up and solidify themselves as the starter.
Then, maybe there will be continuity in the secondary, which hasn’t been seen in Dallas since the Darren Woodson days.