Xavier Woods wants to give Cowboys “reason not to want anybody else” at free safety

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The Cowboys still have interest in acquiring Earl Thomas, who skipped the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp while seeking a long-term deal. But it will have to be at the right price, something Dallas and Seattle haven’t settled on since beginning talks before the draft.

The Cowboys are thin at free safety since new secondary coach Kris Richard moved Byron Jones to cornerback. Jones started all 16 games at free safety last season.

As it stands now, Xavier Woods is slated to start at free safety.

I just block it out,” Woods said of talk about Thomas, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve learned this is a business at the end of the day. The job is based on yourself. You have to be irreplaceable. It’s all on you.

“I just control what I can control. I’m trying every day to give them a reason not to want anybody else.”

Woods, a sixth-round draft choice in 2017, played 51.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, mostly at nickel back. He made 41 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception.

“He’s really smart,” Richard said. “That’s the thing that stands out first and foremost about him. He picks stuff up really quick. He takes coaching points really well. He already has an idea how to simplify things in his mind, and it works for him. He’s fast; he’s bright; he’s got ball skills, and he fits the profile.”

Richard coached Thomas in Seattle the past six seasons, and Woods has studied how Richard used Thomas.

“I pick coach Richard’s brain about what Earl thinks,” Woods said. “We used to watch film together, me and coach Richard, and just look and see what Earl brings, what is Earl thinking at this point and time on this play.”

6 responses to “Xavier Woods wants to give Cowboys “reason not to want anybody else” at free safety

  1. “I’ve learned this is a business at the end of the day. The job is based on yourself. You have to be irreplaceable. It’s all on you.

    “I just control what I can control. I’m trying every day to give them a reason not to want anybody else.”

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    Wow, that’s a staggering amount of maturity for any man his age, especially so for an athlete accustomed to a certain level of stardom.

    Don’t like the Cowboys but I’m rooting for this kid now. Big bright future for him, on the field and off.

  2. Happy Fathers Day everyone…also known as the most confusing day of the year in Philadelphia

  3. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 17, 2018 at 6:41 am
    Happy Fathers Day everyone…also known as the most confusing day of the year in Philadelphia

    I don’t have a follow up comment. I just wanted to share this because of it’s savagery. Well played good sir. Cheers

  4. I despise that lazy, trite phrase “it’s a business”. Yes, it IS a business, but it is a joint business based primarily on league revenues. Teams don’t make roster moves on a business basis; they make moves on a COMPETITION basis. The NFL is a competition, and especially given the zero sum game that is the salary cap teams must act decisively (and sometimes seemingly heartlessly) in order to be competitive.

  5. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 17, 2018 at 6:41 am
    Happy Fathers Day everyone…also known as the most confusing day of the year in Philadelphia

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    Was not prepared for this.

    10/10

    I’ll probably use this next year.

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