Cowboys rookie defensive back Xavier Woods says he thinks his Dallas defensive back group could become on of the NFL's best, per the Dallas Morning News.
The sixth-round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech is "unflustered, however, about being part of a trio of rookies who could play key roles in the Cowboys' secondary in Sunday's must-win game."
"We said this before even rookie minicamp, we want to be one of the best DB groups as a whole, not just the rookies," Woods told the Morning News. "That takes time. We haven't been. But we have the athletes and the ability to do so."
Woods snagged an interception in the Nov. 12 game at Atlanta, laying out to catch the ball to set up Dallas' only touchdown of the loss.
Here's more input from the Morning News:
The youth movement is born of necessity in part, because veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick isn't expected to play because of a back injury. But it's also part of the Cowboys' plan, resulting from letting veteran defensive backs walk in free agency, then reloading in the draft with players who are capable of playing multiple spots in the secondary. Dallas also secured cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis with their second and third draft picks.
The rookies provided a promising glimpse of the future in last week's win over Washington, when they all played significant snaps. The coaches shook up the secondary lineup after a three-game losing streak. They had to do something considering the way Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his teammates toyed with Dallas, leaving the secondary scarred by 434 passing yards on Thanksgiving.
Woods, who also plays safety, has been working with the first-team defense at nickel back. The coaches like the progress they're seeing from Lewis at outside corner.
The changes on the back end included rotating second-year safety Kavon Frazier in, resulting in fewer snaps for starter Byron Jones, the 2015 first-round draft pick. Frazier, who had mostly stood out on special teams, made an impression with his hard hits.