Dallas Cowboys Camp Battles: Strong safety – Dallas Cowboys News

Dallas Cowboys Camp Battles: Strong safety – Dallas Cowboys News

After letting Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox leave in free agency the Dallas Cowboys will let a training camp battle pick the starter as the open strong safety position

The defensive backfield has been a sour spot for pretty much the entire tenure of current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. While the cornerback position has been a source of suffering for years, the safety spot hasn’t been much better.

The past few years the spot has been manned by Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox for the most part. By the 2016 season, Wilcox had been relegated to bench duties in favor of 2015 first-round pick Byron Jones — although he did see a lot of time behind Jones the previous year as well, despite Jones playing both corner and safety.

This year, things will be different. Jones is heading into Year 2 as the unquestioned free safety for Dallas, but he needs someone to start opposite him. One thing that’s guaranteed is it won’t be Church or Wilcox as they have left in free agency in favor of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.

Without using a high draft pick on a true safety, or going the free agency route, Dallas has opted instead to let there be a camp battle in which a new starter will be decided. But who are the options?

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