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Mailbag: Safety In Numbers With Thompson?


If I'm not mistaken, this was Darian Thompson's first chance at extensive snaps on defense in his career. Looks like once again they've found a quality player in the secondary. What did the Cowboys see in his game that maybe others didn't? - MATTHEW K / PLANO, TEXAS

Bryan: He was far more physical than he had been at any point since he signed with the team. He never played this way on the film I studied. They knew he was smart but not that tough, and I think it surprised them. 

Rob: You may not know that Thompson was a third-round draft pick by the Giants. Like wide receiver Devin Smith, he's simply had injuries in his career. Thompson did a nice job on special teams last season when given the chance and he played well at safety against the Dolphins. Credit the front office again for finding talented players capable of making an impact when healthy.

Good day folks, was it just me or did the Dolphins go after Chidobe Awuzie a bit much on Sunday? He played great, especially the almost-TD strip, but it seemed each time Josh Rosen was throwing the ball, 24 was the cover. - RAY HASPER / ORLANDO, FL

Bryan: They did go after Awuzie because the previous week the Redskins tried to attack Byron Jones, which was a mistake on their part. Awuzie is going to continue to be attacked until he consistently is able to make more of those plays like we saw in the end zone where the ball ends up on the ground.

Rob: Bryan wrote in his Scout's Eye about how well Byron Jones covered in the game, and he's right. The Dolphins definitely looked Awuzie's way more often and made some plays early. But head coach Jason Garrett liked the way Awuzie battled in man coverage throughout the game. He made a big-time play to keep Miami out of the end zone. Overall he's off to a good start this year.

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