Jason Garrett has an offseason team-building process he is happy to talk about. He creates as much competition as he can at every position. Since he recruits guys who relish competition the ensuing results are predictable. “You are only as good as your competition” is a cliche for a reason. It’s true.
At the culmination of the NFL Draft, it became clear the Cowboys front office did a masterful job this offseason of doing just that with every position group except safety. Specifically free safety. At free safety, the club had its eyes open but decided to go elsewhere as each round of the draft rolled around.
The end result was Garrett acknowledging this failure at press conferences and this has led to a perception that Dallas doesn’t have the players it needs there. You may want to tap the brakes rather hard if that is your take. Not only do the Cowboys have a very talented Xavier Woods at the position they signed UDFA Tyree Robinson. Though Woods is a clear-cut favorite to win and excel at the position, he now has solid competition for the job thanks to the ‘Boys front office continuing forays into UDFA territory.
Exactly who did they get this time?
FS Tyree Robinson – Oregon
6’2″, 202 lbs, 4.5 40yd dash,
This is a templated player for new DB coach Kris Richard. He has length, power, and speed. Most importantly to me, the kid has a nose for the ball and once he gets his hands on it knows which direction the end zone is located.
He is physical and (obviously) loves to hit. He will aggressively close on the edge and put WOOD on the ball. This also fits in with his new DB coach’s philosophy. He does not shy away from contact and is an excited player after delivering a blow. You can’t teach this.
Back to his ball-hawking skills. He has some serious instincts. He is sticky in coverage but is awesome when reacting to the ball. A ‘tipped ball’ is ‘his ball’ and he has the athletic ability and focus to layout and gather it in while those around him are still trying to locate it.
All-in-all the Cowboys got exactly what the needed for the position. They added talent, they added depth and most importantly they added serious, viable competition for the position.
Is it time for camp yet?
What say you Sports Nation?
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