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Mailbag: Changes At The Safety Position?


Do you think Jeff Heath keeps his starting job and why? - VINCENT VINCI / LAURENCE HARBOR, NJ

Bryan: He'll be your starter against the Giants in Week 1. Coaches know what he can do and they trust him. That goes a long ways in their eyes.

Rob: At this point, I fully expect Heath to be the starter again with Xavier Woods. Quietly, he has been this team's interception leader over the past four seasons (7 since 2015). The coaches love his toughness. But we've seen the Cowboys use a bit of a three-safety rotation at times in recent years, so it'll be interesting to see if someone else (Kavon Frazier, George Iloka, Darian Thompson, rookie Donovan Wilson) can earn snaps, too.


Tony Pollard and Tavon Austin are similar players. Is there any scenario where both make the team? - JEFFREY DUNNIGAN / SOUTHAVEN, MS

Bryan: I could see Austin getting released but not because Pollard is now on the team. I just don't think he's as good as the other receivers that he's competing with for a roster spot. 

Rob: Sure, it's possible both make the team. I don't know if anyone, Pollard included, has Austin's straight-line vertical speed when he's fully healthy. That dimension separates Austin from most receivers in the league. Pollard returned kickoffs in college, not punts, so Austin could win that job again. It might depend on whether the Cowboys would be comfortable using Randall Cobb back there.