Before the start of the 2013 NFL Season, I thought that Jeff Heath wouldn’t make the Cowboys final 53-man roster.
However, and to everyone’s surprise, Heath made the team. In fact, I can almost pinpoint the play that earned him his roster spot.
The Dallas Cowboys were taking on the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium in a preseason game when Cincinnati WR Cobi Hamilton took an end-around for an 18-yard gain in the third quarter; Heath came up from his safety spot and lowered the boom causing Hamilton to fumble the ball, which was recovered by Micah Pellerin.
This season Heath will have to prove that he has improved over his disastrous rookie season if he’s going to make the team. Unfortunately for him, fellow second-year safeties J.J. Wilcox and Jakar Hamilton have both been impressive leading up to training camp.
“I feel like in the OTAs this year, we feel way more comfortable in the second year,” Heath said. “I can speak for the safeties because we all feel the same way, we’re all still young. Having the second off-season in this system, it’s really starting to slow down for us. I feel like we’re playing a lot better right now than we did at this time last year.”
I’m not, however, ready to count Heath out because he has some special teams ability, and he knows he can contribute to the team that way.
Heath finished the season with 46 tackles, one fumble forced, one fumble recovered, one interception and one defensive touchdown, while receiving a -4.7 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.