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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