By Corey Clark
NFL Network analyst Gil Brandt wrote about defensive backs who are still on a rookie deal that are poised for a breakout campaign in 2019. He believes Dallas Cowboys safety Xavier Woods is one of nine players set to have a breakout campaign this season.
Though safety was considered the biggest weakness on the Cowboys’ roster entering this offseason, Dallas did not go all out to land a big-money player like Earl Thomas. I expect Woods to justify that strategy by taking a big step forward in 2019. Secondary coach Kris Richard expects him to generate more turnovers (he had two picks last season) while remaining physical in coverage with receivers and tight ends, and it’s safe to say Richard knows what he’s talking about, given the success he had grooming Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Seattle. Woods will be a key contributor this season to a defense that ranked seventh overall and sixth in scoring in 2018.
Woods was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth-round during the 2017 NFL draft. Every other player on this list was drafted no higher than the...