Church: J.J. Wilcox Can be a “Big Playmaker”

J.J. Wilcox is the favorite for the starting safety job alongside Barry Church this year

The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff seem to believe second-year safety J.J. Wilcox has the potential to shine, following a rocky rookie season.

A third round pick out of Georgia Southern in 2013, Wilcox was penciled in as the starter opposite Barry Church at the beginning of the season. But his mother passed away in August, and Wilcox had to leave the team for a period of time, which left veteran Will Allen to step in as the starter for the first three games of the year.

Wilcox won the job back beginning in Week 4, but then he suffered a knee injury. When he returned from that, rookie Jeff Heath was locked in at the starting spot.

Rookie year misfortune aside, Wilcox is once again looking like the starter, and the man he’ll play alongside, Church, expects big things from his young teammate in 2014.

Just an explosive playmaker,” Church said in an interview with 103.3-FM ESPN Radio on Tuesday. “Those are the words that come to my mind when I think of him. This whole offseason, he was all over the place--getting interceptions, locking up tight ends--so I feel like he’s going to be a big playmaker for us on the back end. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the table this season.”

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