1. Secondary Depth
The Cowboys used to be a team that never focused on safeties or cornerbacks. Now, the team is led by Trevon Diggs, Jayron Kearse, Anthony Brown, and Malik Hooker. All of these players had breakout years in 2021 and will greatly help the Cowboys keep wide receivers at bay in 2022.
Washington can’t necessarily say the same. The depth isn’t there. Kendall Fuller is a good weapon. He’s given the Commanders five interceptions and 127 tackles over the last two years. He will be a veteran leader. Kam Curl is also decent. He’s a young player with the potential to break out and earn more playing time.
But the buck stops there.
Heading into his eighth season, Bobby McCain could be good. He has the most experience. But he’s far from a top safety in this league. The other listed starting cornerback is William Jackson who Washington fans were very excited about when he joined the team as a free agent before last season. He was touted as one of the best “man” corners in the league, which didn’t gel well with a team that mainly uses zone coverage.
Jackson struggled to adjust to the new style of play and it was clear in several coverage breakdowns last year.
Communication was poor for the secondary overall. There were times when players missed assignments and let wide receivers get open for big plays.
Since the Cowboys’ first game against Washington isn’t until Week 4, the hope is that Michael Gallup will be back. But, even if he’s not, CeeDee Lamb, James Washington, and Jalen Tolbert should give Washington’s mediocre secondary enough issues.