The Rookie Secondary
The Dallas Cowboys went defensive heavy in the 2017 NFL Draft, using seven of their nine selections on that side of the ball. Four of those seven picks were spent on the secondary alone.
The Cowboys spent their second rounder on Colorado’s corner Chidobe Awuize. Then Dallas turned around and used their third round pick on Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis.
The team then traded up into the sixth round to grab Louisiana State safety Xavier Woods. Finally, the Cowboys drafted Florida State cornerback Marquez White in the sixth as well.
And Dallas arguably needs all their rookies to contribute as soon as possible following the free agency exodus of veteran cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne plus safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in the offseason.
But Awuzie has been sidelined with an ankle injury. And Lewis has virtually missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury.
After a nice outing against the Los Angeles Rams, Woods missed Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Indianapolis Colts due to his own hamstring issues. And hamstrings have also hindered White’s play, but he has since returned.
The point is, this rookie secondary is missing very valuable practice time due to these injuries. Especially Lewis, who’s yet to even see preseason action. If these kids are going to make an impact on the regular season, the Cowboys coaching and training staff is going to have to do a much better job keeping them rested, upright and available.
The fact this group of talented youngsters haven’t played more is disappointing.