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DMN: Cowboys expect second-year safety J.J. Wilcox to start - for now

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  1. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Cowboys expect second-year safety J.J. Wilcox to start – for now
    bgeorge@dallasnews.com

    Published: 08 June 2014 07:45 PM

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    IRVING – J.J. Wilcox’s résumé as a safety doesn’t really inspire.

    The second-year Cowboys player was a receiver at Georgia Southern who moved to safety for his senior season before Dallas made him a third-round draft pick last year.

    As an NFL rookie, Wilcox finished with only 38 tackles and one pass breakup.

    But the Cowboys have seen enough from Wilcox — especially early in training camp last year — to feel comfortable this offseason penciling him in as the starter alongside safety Barry Church.

    Quick warning: Pencil marks can easily be erased.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/da...year-safety-j.j.-wilcox-to-start--for-now.ece

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  2. morasp

    morasp Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to seeing what he can do.
  3. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    It's evident to the Cowboys' staff that Wilcox has great natural ability to make the adjustment from college receiver to safety and once again to free safety in the professional ranks. It's largely an act of faith at this point in time, of course, due to the fact that Wilcox's resume isn't one that clearly identifies him as a "safe bet" to succeed in the pro ranks. Let's hope the staff has been identifying his qualifications in the proper light of day. He's sure to be sorely tested in the weeks and months to come. I'll be anxiously awaiting some encouraging results in training camp and beyond. Here's hoping they'll be forthcoming. A breakout year from him would be a blessing.
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  4. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Well-Known Member

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    Same here.
  5. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    I am very optimistic about Wilcox. He and Lawrence are the 2 main guys I want to see and can be crucial pieces if they pan out
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  6. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    He played RB in college before switching to S.
  7. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Wilcox (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) spent his first three seasons with the Eagles on offense, mainly as a slot receiver. During that time, he rushed 137 times for 964 yards - a nifty 7 yards per carry average - and 13 touchdowns. He caught 45 passes for 898 yards and four scores. But this season, he was switched to the Georgia Southern secondary, where he's made 84 tackles and intercepted two passes. He's also returned kickoffs for an average of 25.5 yards on 30 attempts. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live
  8. NJ22

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    So he mainly plaid slot receiver, yet somehow he rushed 137 times and only caught 45 passes. Interesting. I could understand the hope for this kid, but I do not understand blind faith in ANY position and wish we did more to add competition at the safety spot. I think it is funny on here how people rate 3rd and 4th rounders as if they are worlds apart. I hear that it is crazy to think we could ever get a starting quality player in the 4th, but don't you dare draft another safety when we just spend a 3rd rounder on Wilcox!
  9. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    Wilcox was mostly a running back at Georgia Southern, playing safety only his senior season. The Dallas coaches, however, saw him make a quick transition to the position and were primed to rely on him as a rookie. After hurting his knee, Wilcox could not unseat Jeff Heath as the starter opposite Barry Church, but saw his playing time increase down the stretch.

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/...as-cowboys&id=4727958&city=dallas&src=desktop
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  12. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    Love that picture..they both look lean
  13. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Did you read my post? The stats were in it.

    He was obviously more RB than WR with 138 runs vs 45 catches; however, he did have a high ratio of receptions per rush attempt for a RB which would indicate that he did play some at WR.
  14. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    I would say he played more RB than WR based on the stats.
  15. NJ22

    NJ22 Well-Known Member

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    exactly, surprised the post said he was mainly a slot guy. regardless, I just hope he can play safety.
  16. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Georgia Southern still runs that triple option flexbone where the halfbacks often set up as wingbacks and then motion around to become the pitch man on triple options to the opposite side. The reason teams back in the day went to that instead of the straight wishbone with the halfbacks behind the guards is to offer more versatility and threat of a passing game to the defense, because you can easily get those backs out into patterns. I'm betting that's why he has so many receptions but was listed as a RB.
  17. RonSpringsdaman20

    RonSpringsdaman20 alpha seeing omega Zone Supporter

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    what a boost if J.J. tuns out to be the truth.
  18. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    So Wilcox was a Running Receiver?

    Or was he a Wide Back?
  19. TrailBlazer

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    I'm sure JJ was Ga Southern's best athlete and they wanted him to get touches offensively. Eventually they realized his best bet of an NFL future was at safety so they switched him over there his senior year.

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