3 Dallas Cowboys who need to finish 2020 out strong

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Xavier Woods, Dallas Cowboys
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Here are three Dallas Cowboys who need a strong end to 2020

With five games left in their regular season, the 3-8 Dallas Cowboys sit two games out of first place in the worst division in the NFL, the NFC East. Ahead of them in the standings are the 3-7-1 Philadelphia Eagles, the 4-7 Washington Football Team, and the 4-7 New York Giants.

While a strong finish by the Cowboys could result in winning the East and securing a playoff spot, most seem to believe Dallas has a much better chance of landing a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. With strong finishes in mind, here are three current Cowboys who could use a strong finish of their own in 2020.

3. Xavier Woods, S

The recent play of Donovan Wilson opposite of safety Xavier Woods has cast a bit of a shadow across what has been a mediocre season for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. But the truth is Woods has had a mediocre career for the Cowboys over the last four years.

Certainly, as a 2017 sixth-round selection, Woods has overachieved his draft status, being a starter for Dallas over the past three years. Yet, he’s not one to make the big play or the big mistake. And now, in the final year of his rookie contract, it’s unclear if his middling play has been enough to earn him a new deal in Big D.

Woods has recorded 57 tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hit, one pass deflection, and no interceptions while playing 100% of the defensive snaps this season. Relying on him so much could force the Cowboys to re-sign him at year’s end despite his unremarkable play. But a strong finish to 2020 could seal the deal.