How does a re-vamped Dallas Cowboys secondary compare to their divisional foes?
Welcome to the eighth installment of my positional review within the NFC East division where we rank each team’s specific units against each other. Today we take a dive into the defensive backfield to see how the Dallas Cowboys stack up against the rest of their divisional foes.
This group has long been one that has brought much consternation to the Dallas Cowboys organization and its fan base. This team has done quite literally any and everything to try to make the defensive backfield a position of power. Whether it has been high draft picks, absurd money in free agency, or trying to get by with cheap talent, the Dallas Cowboys have tried and largely failed to field an upper echelon secondary.
Before we get to breaking down the NFC East defensive backs, here is how teams earn points for their roster. Each position will earn five points to the best group, three points to second place, and one point to third. We’ll start off with the fourth-place team who will get no points.
New York Giants
DeAndre Baker, James Bradberry, Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine, Julian Love, Xavier McKinney, Jabrill Peppers, Rashaan Gaulden
This group is long on youth and potential, but short on credibility. Baker, Beal, Ballentine, and Love are all in just their second year. Baker may miss significant time in 2020, due to legal issues stemming from charges of armed robbery.
One of these four will start opposite the free-agent pickup of Bradberry. New York poached him from Carolina, handing Bradberry $45.3 million over three years. He’s good. Whether or not he’s $15 million per good is another question.
At safety, New York is desperately hoping that McKinney, the 36th overall pick of the draft in April becomes a building block for their defense. This is especially so, considering that the acquisition of Peppers as a means to replace former Giant turned Redskin Landon Collins did not go as well as they hoped.
As presently constructed, this group has a long way to go to be considered any higher than the cellar of the division when it comes to the secondary position.