Jeff Heath, Safety
Stats: 10 total tackles, one interception
I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t been a very big supporter of safety Jeff Heath this year. Following Heath’s performance in the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers last season, where he posted three tackles, 1.0 sack and an interception in limited snaps, I thought the Cowboys moving him to starter was the right move.
But for most of the season, Heath seemed to prove Dallas wrong. Poor tackling, questionable football instincts and a lack of playmaker ability all seemed to indicate the fifth-year safety was better suited to come off the bench and be a core special teams player.
Following his performance against the Giants, my concerns about Heath’s ability as a starter are beginning to change. The 26-year old appears to have turned a corner. In New York, Heath shined recording 10 tackles and a game-sealing interception. And that was his second pick in as many games.
It seems that more time is what Heath needed. Let’s hope he can continue to build on his past couple performances and become the ballhawking, hard-hitting safety we’d all hoped he’d be before the season started.
So, there are my four Dallas Cowboys Giant Killers from this past Sunday’s Week 14 matchup. Did I miss someone? If so, please identify them in the comment section below and be sure to tell me why you believe they should have been included in this list. Thanks!