What does losing Byron Jones mean for the Dallas Cowboys?

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The Safe Bet

What would be the safest route for Dallas to take? They already have a top defensive end in DeMarcus Lawrence. Although he had a down year by statistics, he should be able to bounce back.

Should the Cowboys load up on the defensive line and hope that helps the defensive backs? That is something they can look at.

After all, Nolan wants the Cowboys to be able to swarm the offense and force them to make a decision. Stocking up on pass rushers to help out Lawrence will do just that.

Would a decent defensive backs pack be enough to lead the Cowboys to wins? Well, defending the pass wasn’t that much of an issue for the Cowboys last year. Sure, they lost their top cornerback but I don’t think that will be the game breaker for them (knock on wood).

Is safety Xavier Woods good enough to move forward as the number one safety? He has done a good job so far and is still young. With improvements every season, more responsibility can be what he needs to get more recognition.

His 2019 season wasn’t Pro Bowl material, but it was a stud season. Making 77 tackles, intercepting two passes and forcing two fumbles is a good season in my books.

There’s no clear and definitive way for the Cowboys to fix up the defense. That can be a good yet anxiety driving thing. The more options, the better.

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Whoever is taken with that 17th pick will be crucial to the defense. From there, we will have to see what Mike Nolan does with the team he is given. It’s going to be a very interesting couple of months.