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Matt Johnson in the Mix

Johnson missed his entire rookie season with hamstring and back issues



    Though he was drafted more than a year ago, safety Matt Johnson has yet to play a down for the Dallas Cowboys.

    Johnson spent his rookie season dealing with hamstring and back injuries, which kept him off the field but, this offseason, Dallas is hoping that Johnson will compete with Will Allen, Danny McCray and rookie J.J. Wilcox for the starting spot opposite Barry Church.

    Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said this offseason that he actually believes safety, one of the greatest concerns going into the draft, would be a strength for Dallas in 2013.

    "Church, if he can play at the level he’s shown us, we’re going to have a really outstanding safety," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "I think we will benefit a lot from a scheme that emphasizes what these guys do--big, physical guys who like to hit. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves."

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