How does the Dallas Cowboys secondary rank in the NFC East?

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Landon Collins #20, Washington Redskins
Landon Collins #20, Washington Redskins (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Washington Redskins

Kendall Fuller, Fabian Moreau, Ronald Darby, Jimmy Moreland, Aaron Colvin, Landon Collins, Sean Davis, Deshazor Everett

Washington has put together a solid defensive back room with Fuller, Moreau, and Darby the likely starters at cornerback with Collins and Davis being the starting safeties. Solid is nice, but it’s also nothing spectacular which is why Washington does not do any better than second place.

Collins is the only bona fide star of this unit. With three Pro Bowl nominations in five seasons and an All-Pro selection in 2016, he is the straw that stirs the drink for Washington. Even in a down year in 2019, Collins still had nine tackles for loss and two forced fumbles to go along with almost 120 total tackles.

After that, the rest of this group has just as many questions as it does answers. Once upon a time, Washington traded Fuller only to bring him back on a four-year deal worth $40M, with $23.5M guaranteed. That seems awfully steep for a guy who only one year as a full-time starter.

Moreau has been slightly underwhelming during his three seasons in D.C. but that could be due to being played more in the slot as opposed to the outside where he will move in 2020. Darby, meanwhile, was a defection from the rival Eagles. He has potential but cannot stay healthy, missing 20 games over the past three seasons.

A lot of things will likely need to break right for this group to be a difference-maker in 2020. Even if that doesn’t occur, they should be a solid unit that can be relied upon to do their jobs well.