Robert Blanton, Safety
I know what you are thinking. The Cowboys just signed veteran safety Robert Blanton to their roster. And honestly, he was likely the best option and exactly the kind of player they need leading a young defensive secondary.
But following the NFL Draft, and the massive defensive haul the Cowboys came away, it’s hard to imagine Dallas carrying more than four safeties into the regular season. And with Byron Jones, Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier presumed to be a lock for the final roster, Blanton appears to already be on the bubble.
Now add in the fact Dallas traded into the sixth round to draft the falling Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods plus grabbed Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie, who can potentially play the position as well, and it seems Blanton will have a stiff uphill battle to make this roster.
Personally, I’m all for throwing in a solid veteran presence in a room full of young players. But Dallas has done this type of thing before. Remember Will Allen? The veteran safety spent three years in Pittsburgh before joining the Cowboys as a free agent veteran in March of 2013. By October of that same year, he was back with the Steelers.
Bottom line is Dallas wants to develop their young talent. And the Blanton signing was an insurance policy in case the draft went sideways or the injury bug hit. If things go as planned, I don’t see the 27-year old safety on the Cowboys final-53.