Ready To Compete
If the preseason games were a true indication of what to expect, then Donovan Wilson might be headed for great things.
And who knows, perhaps the former Texas A&M standout will become a great player for the Cowboys. He certainly shined when given the chance last preseason – picking off three passes, easily the most of anyone else on the defense.
Wilson, a sixth-round pick in 2019, did enough to make the 53-man roster. But once the games started to count for real, he didn't have a huge role at all. In fact, he was inactive five times last year and in the game he did suit out, Wilson didn't record a tackle on defense and just two on special teams.
But then again, all Wilson can do is thrive when he gets the chance to play. Maybe he showed the former coaching staff that he wasn't ready by the way he practiced or prepared during the week. Or maybe players like Woods, Jeff Heath and Darian Thompson were all better options.
But as Wilson enters his second pro season, there aren't a lot of other obstacles standing in his way. The Cowboys didn't draft a safety and only signed one rookie free agent for the position.
If Wilson makes the usual progress of a second-year pro, look for him to compete for playing time, if not a starting job.