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Cowboys Believe in Jeff Heath

Jeff Heath

The mass exodus of the Dallas Cowboys’ defense continued over the last few days; the last couple of players to go were cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. While the Cowboys have replacements and some depth awaiting them at corner, the same cannot be said for the safety position.

Two of last year’s major players at safety, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, left for new opportunities. The remaining guys at the position are Byron Jones, who is the stud of the group, veteran Jeff Heath and seldom used Kavon Frazier, who will be entering his sophomore season. Losing two big contributors has left the safety spot in a bit of flux.

Unless you believe in Jeff Heath. If you do, then there really isn’t much to complain about. Heath has been a super-sub at safety for the last few years and has answered the bell when his number has been called.

The part you may have missed when Church and Wilcox left is the Cowboys don’t care what you think, they believe in Heath. Going even further, there are signs that the team is justified in their belief of Heath.

Few defensive players for Dallas have been around the ball more than Heath in the past two seasons. His three interceptions leads the team over that span and before you poo-poo that statistic, remember how bad the Cowboys have been at picking off passes in the last few years and understand that Heath has produced in limited snaps. And doesn’t it just always seem like when Heath is on the field he’s making a play? Look no further than the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers as proof of that.

Heath’s nose for the ball is something the defense sorely needs and he should help get the turnovers the Cowboys covet. With more opportunities on the field, Heath can create more chances to take the ball away.

The team seems to have faith that Heath can continue to contribute with more playing time and has to hope safeties coach Greg Jackson resumes working his magic at the position.

Of course Heath isn’t the only answer, the Cowboys will surely draft a safety, likely somewhere in the first three rounds. The team will also lean on last year’s rookie, Kavon Frazier. However, Heath is the best bet to be the starter next to Byron Jones in September.

The Dallas Cowboys need some players to step up in the secondary next season and Jeff Heath will be someone the team leans on at safety. We’ll see if the team was justified in believing in the man the fans call the ‘GOAT’ or not.

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  • Lee1936

    What ever happened to Jaylon Smith’s knee?
    No news is bad news.

    • Ben Grimaldi

      Depends on where you read…there are reports that he has feeling again, but the nerves aren’t exactly ‘firing’ again. Yet. But they feel he’ll play with a brace, we’ll see later in the off-season.

      • Taylor

        Wait until the draft and there sits Sydney Jones with his blown knee in the second round.

  • jrcowboy49

    Look for the Cowboys to draft Obi Melifonwu, Justin Evans, or Josh Jones depending on their availability in Rounds 1-4.

  • paul karam

    Is Heath more suited to FS or SS ?

    • Ben Grimaldi

      More of a FS. But think Cowboys headed into more of an interchangeable duo. Draft will bring a Safety & Frazier seems like more of a thumper they like

      • Football Mensa

        SS and FS are no longer relevant in today’s game Ben. More like left safety and right safety. The fact Heath has led the Boys in interceptions speaks volumes about the defense. Very little pressure up front. Nothing dynamic at cb or safety. Just ok at lb overall.

        The one player I don’t want is Peppers. Great athlete but really not a great football player. He shies away from contact.

        • Ben Grimaldi

          That’s what I’m saying, they like interchangeable pieces. More about matching up than Strong or Free Safety…I’m 50/50 on Peppers, plenty of ways to use him, plus they have his old coach on the staff who would know how to utilize him best.

          • Football Mensa

            I don’t trust our defensive regime at all. Of course better talent could cure a lot of ills. IMO Peppers isn’t one of those guys. Tweener like Roy Williams except he doesn’t hit as hard.

        • Taylor

          A stout pass rush would go a long way in improving the back end of the defense. We need to improve from the inside out.

          • Football Mensa

            AGREE !