It means that the spotlight will be shining even more brightly than ever before on the free safety position. Here's a look at each candidate to start, and where that candidate stands in the eyes of the organization:
Lynn Scott - The former NW Oklahoma State star has starting potential, but is probably best suited for back up duties at the NFL level. The Cowboys want someone who can play better in coverage situations so that strong safety Roy Williams can play closer to the line of scrimmage. Scott has made his share of big hits during his career, but that won't be enough to keep Dallas from exploring other options at free safety.
Keith Davis - Davis has been a standout special teams performer and deserves a shot at the starting position. A favorite of Bill Parcells, the Cowboys have seemingly held off on signing a veteran free agent this offseason at free safety just so they can understand what Davis can do as a starter. This weekend's three-day mini-camp represents a very important time for Davis. Play well, and he could find himself as a defensive starter in the season opener against San Deigo. Play poorly, and he's back to his role on special teams. The Cowboys want him to be the answer, but Jerry Jones won't hesitate to bring in a veteran if Davis can't get the job done.
Woody Dantzler - Dantzler was sent to NFL Europe to develop his skills on defense and will not be available for this weekend's mini-camp. The former Clemson quarterback has been productive for the Frankfurt Galaxy overseas playing as a safety and kick returner, but is it enough to make the 53-man regular season roster? Right now, probably not.
Pete Hunter - The Cowboys wanted to try Hunter at free safety, but so far, that move appears unlikely to happen. The former Virginia Union star is apparently upset the Cowboys elected to sign veterans Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn this offseason, instead of receiving a vote of confidence from Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones. Hunter, who has spoken to the media primarily through his agent in recent weeks, remains reluctant to make the move from cornerback. We'll find out this weekend whether or not he's had a change of heart.
Mini-camp Preview: Free Safety
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