We are almost there, a mere 15 days away from the start of the Dallas Cowboys training camp. The safety position seems to be a hot topic for Cowboys discussions lately and the fact of who will win the starting job. Looking into last year with Gerald Sensabaugh playing Free Safety while Abram Elam played Strong Safety that position seemed to be a bit stronger than the cornerback position did. However, going into this season, this seems to be one of those toss up positions that is going to be very competitive. Here are the players that I think will make the team at the safety position.
Although the safety position is one that can be interchangeable, the type of defense that Rob Ryan runs, relies heavily on a strong safety that can block with the force of a linebacker while still being able to have ball skills. Last season, Sensabaugh played free safety which in my mind is not his strong suit. Looking back to the failed Alan Ball experiment, Sensabaugh played strong safety, had one interception and quite a few knock downs plus a blocked kick. Since Dallas has Sensabaugh locked up until 2016, he is a pretty good candidate to remain at the safety position as a starter.
Matt Johnson will make the team as a back up but I fully foresee him moving to the starting role by the middle of the season. From everything I’ve read he is a ball magnet and is very physical. Although these are based upon the mini-camp and his college career, he will make the squad.
Brodney Pool a lot of people are picking him not to make the team. I think he will start but I don’t look for him to complete the season as a starter because he didn’t have a very good year with the Jets last year. He seems to be very athletic and can hit, we see that especially on the hit on Riley Cooper last season. However, I still think Johnson will eventually replace Pool in the upcoming season as the starter.
Finally, Barry Church is the other player I see making this team. He’s always shown great tackle skills on special teams and when he had to play in games due to injuries he always seem to be that player that stepped up. He should be a good bet on making the second string safety position.
Those are my predictions and thoughts for the safety position. It will be a fun battle to keep an eye on for the pre-season.