A few days ago I wrote about the draft needs of the Dallas Cowboys and how it was obvious they needed to upgrade their offensive and defensive lines. However, I also wrote if there was one position the Cowboys would think about drafting or upgrading before those two spots, it was at safety. As it turns out, Stephen Jones agrees with me and he spoke about the the Cowboys safety situation the combine.
“I think we have needs there at safety,” Jones said. “Safety-wise, the scary part for us is the guys we’d like to think might win the job, i.e. Church and Matt Johnson, never were healthy last year… “Just sit there and say, ‘We’re going to be fine and we’ll go with those two and hope everything is going to work out.’ That’s probably not what we’re going to do – stand pat there.”
It’s a wise move not to stay with what they have, especially since they are changing schemes and the Cowboys might not have their prototypical Tampa 2 safety on the roster right now. I’m on record as saying that I think Matt Johnson deserves a long look at safety but there is no way to tell how good Johnson is since we haven’t seen him play because of injuries. The Cowboys must believe that too but there is nothing wrong with covering all your bases and that’s what the team appears to be doing.
Jones didn’t talk about how the Cowboys would go about obtaining a safety but the Cowboys don’t have much cap room to maneuver so the position might be a high priority on the Cowboys draft list. The Cowboys three top safeties are Barry Church, Gerald Sensabaugh and Johnson so it will be interesting to see if all three make it back onto the Cowboys roster next season, especially the veteran Sensabaugh.
With the off-season now upon us it’s easy to list the Cowboys positions of need, but don’t forget that safety is a high priority on that list.
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