XAVIER WOODS #25 – Safety
It pains me to leave second round pick Chidobe Awuzie (CB) off the list. However, the specifics of this match-up favor a different rookie defensive back.
Awuzie will definitely play a lot and is well deserving of attention. Yet I have a gut feeling Woods is destined to show up big tonight.
Ever since the draft fireworks Woods hasn’t made much noise. No bad reviews are out there, but no one is raving over his play either.
So why is Mr. Woods flying under the radar so far? The Cowboys don’t tackle in practice and certainly don’t allow vicious hitting like Woods is known for.
Arizona announced they aren’t playing their first or second team quarterback. They also will sit the starting offensive line.
The roster has three running backs who’ve all started over 16+ games in the NFL. Plus they drafted rookie runner T.J Logan in the 5th round.
All of this adds up to an uneven dependence on running the football tonight.
Woods is a striker who loves to fly downhill from the safety spot and unload. With Jones and Heath watching from the sideline, he should get plenty of snaps.
This match-up will provide the rookie ample opportunities to unleash the calling card aggression he’s had to muzzle in practice.