Day 4: Training Camp Losers

The once vaunted Cowboys' secondary has taken a hit when it comes to strong safety and cornerback. With Darren Woodson out of the mix at least through the second game of the season, somebody needs to step up and step up quickly.

No one likes to be labeled a "loser," but if the Cowboys expect to compete for the playoffs again this year, it's become somewhat clear that they'll need to acquire additional help in the secondary.

"We are looking to see what's out there," said Parcells. I'd say right now we've got a few problems there on defense right this minute," Parcells said. "So we got some things to worry about."

Tony Dixon has moved into the spot vacated by Woodson, and Pete Hunter has taken the place of Mario Edwards, who signed with Tampa Bay earlier in the offseason.

The early returns on Dixon should ring a familiar tune to Cowboys fans: inconsistency.

The same could be said of Pete Hunter, which is somewhat surprising considering how much he improved at the end of last season.

While Hunter's development should continue at cornerback throughout training camp, there is genuine concern at strong safety.

Dixon has never come close to filling the shoes of the veteran Woodson, and Woodson, who is now 35 years old and ailing after surgery two weeks ago, may be more of a liability this season.

Regardless, the Cowboys have already started looking elsewhere to acquire help and don't be surprised to see a new name on the roster before the end of the week.

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