Here are the reasons why I believe Dallas Cowboys safety and special teams ace Jeff Heath will become a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2017.
Cowboys fans will likely hold onto Heath’s rookie season as an indicator of the type of player he is. Simply put, most fans aren’t being logical. Heath was an undrafted free agent that made the team and was thrust into a starting role too soon.
He wasn’t ready, but he is now.
For a defense lacking many true ball-hawks, Heath could bring a huge spark. Dallas fans have to remember the incredible performance he put on against Aaron Rodgers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Jeff single-handily got Dallas back in that game. If Rodger’s didn’t have amazing grip strength, Heath would have caused a game-winning fumble as well.
Fans need to let go of his 2013 season, and embrace what could be. Heath has been the hardest hitting player in the secondary and has been around the ball a lot. All of this was during a backup role as well.
What Heath has been able to accomplish in his career thus far deserves recognition. Not many undrafted players get contract extensions in their careers. Very few get the chance to start.
Development is often forgot about in the NFL. Jeff needed to develop in order to become a great safety in this league and I believe he will do just that and shock the league.
Not only will he play well, he’s going to be one of the best strong safeties in the NFC. Heath is going to make the Pro Bowl next season.
This team needs the defense to do big things in order to win a championship. On defense they need players that can turn the ball over. Heath may not be the flashy pick for this role, but he will be the one to get it done.