The Dallas Cowboys secondary went through some dynamic changes this offseason, with several key contributors leaving in free agency due to salary cap constraints. However, they expected to lean heavily on safety Byron Jones during the transition period.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Jones hasn’t had his best season surrounded by youth in a reorganized secondary and now a Cowboys defensive backs coach Joe Baker is hinting at more playing time for his backup Kavon Frazier moving forward.
Frazier made his presence felt in Thursday’s 38-14 victory over the Washington Redskins, making 6 tackles and bringing some added physicality to the unit.
“He brought some physicality. He just really lit some guys up out there today and that does become contagious,” Baker said according to Drew Davis of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s one of the things that our defense is built on is physicality.”
Originally a sixth-round pick at the 2016 NFL Draft, Frazier is a product of Central Michigan who has played predominantly on special teams in his first two seasons. However, his 218-pound frame and aforementioned physicality has been an asset to a team that lost Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, their two hardest-hitting safeties, this offseason.
After averaging just 5.3 snaps per game in the previous six weeks, Frazier played in 21 snaps against the Redskins. And it would appear that you can expect Frazier to cut into Jones’ workload even more as the season progresses.
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