Wilcox on Starting Job: I Have to “Take It”

JJ Wilcox is the favorite for the starting safety job opposite Barry Church

Cowboys second-year safety JJ Wilcox has emerged on the other side of an unspeakably rough rookie year.

Wilcox was penciled in as the starting safety opposite Barry Church coming out of training camp, but his mother passed away in mid-August, forcing him to miss some time as he left the team to be with his family. He eventually won the starting job from veteran Will Allen, but then he hurt his knee and Jeff Heath took over the starting role.

I think that was the most difficult year I’ve had in football, period,” Wilcox said, via the Cowboys’ official website. “With the death of my mom and also the injury going on ... It’s unexpected and there’s nothing you can do but accept it and overcome it and become a better player from it.”

To hear the Cowboys’ staff speak, that’s just what Wilcox did. Going into training camp, Wilcox once again looks to be in position to emerge as the starter.

“It makes me feel real good, it’s good to know your coaching staff and your team is behind you, and you’re making the right moves,” Wilcox said. “I just have to go in there and take it and make plays, and be a great safety for this organization.”

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