5 moves Cowboys should make before 2021 season begins

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Add another veteran safety to the mix

The Dallas Cowboys failed to upgrade their safety position once again in this year’s NFL Draft. Instead, they once again drafted a defensive back in the sixth round to try and do the job. This go-around it was converted cornerback Israel Mukuamu out of South Carolina.

The Cowboys are pinning their hopes on safety Damontae Kazee, who was signed as a free agent this offseason, to revitalize the position. But the 28-year old Kazee is also coming off an Achilles injury that limited him to just four games in 2020.

Dallas is also relying on the progression of safety Donovan Wilson, who had a breakout season last year. The hard-hitting Wilson, who himself is dealing with what’s being described as a slight injury, projects to be the starter beside Kazee.

The depth chart also includes recently-signed veteran Jayron Kearse, undrafted rookie Tyler Coyle, the aforementioned Mukuamu, and a couple of familiar names in Steven Parker and Darian Thompson.

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While the position certainly has the bodies, it’s unclear if it possesses the talent. So bringing another name to compete for a starting role, perhaps someone like veteran free agent Malik Hooker whom the Cowboys visited with earlier this year, could make a lot of sense.