Analyzing the Cowboys safety unit before the 2023 regular season

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Israel Mukuamu

Muakuamu is a potential full-time safety for the Cowboys. However, his flexibility has made him a valuable depth player at both safety and cornerback. Quinn considers him a vital chess piece and uses him in various roles, depending on the opponent. We saw Mukuamu shine in the nickel in the playoff win over the Buccaneers last year.

Markquese Bell

Bell's role to start the season appears to be the one that was carved out for DeMarvion Overshown as a do-it-all linebacker. Bell still figures to see heavy usage on special teams, but he hinted at the role Quinn envisions for him following Overshown's injury.

“I’ve been getting reps in our dime package anyways, so it’s pretty normal,” Bell said, per team reporters. “Just some packages that we don’t have in dime, I just got to get used to them, get used to the run fits."

“However I can help the team is how I see myself. If they need me at linebacker, safety, hybrid — willing to do whatever. … Just getting more in-tune with it, learning gap fits."

Juanyeh Thomas

Juanyeh Thomas made it to the Cowboys 53 man roster by earning his spot. His work ethic is reflected in the leap he made from year one to year two. He stands out for his size, speed and remarkable ball skills.

Every area of his game has shown improvement and he'll likely be assigned to replace Donovan Wilson in Week 1 against the Giants if Wilson can't go. Thomas could struggle for playing time when the safety room is at full strength, but camp and preseason underlined that he can be a valuable asset for the defense.

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