June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin talks with safety Will Allen (26) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys' Will Allen takes starting strong safety spot to begin training camp


With the Dallas Cowboys training camp underway, we finally got a look to see who will begin training camp as the team’s starting strong safety. We had known that Barry Church would hold down the free safety position, but know we know veteran Will Allen is getting the first crack at occupying the other safety position.

While it’s nice to see that the Cowboys have both starting safeties locked in, it is troubling to know that the two players in those roles are Church and Allen. They obviously leave a lot to be desired and they will be the weakness of the Cowboys new defensive scheme.

Danny McCray and J.J. Wilcox will also be in the mix at safety, but it’s hard to see them improving enough to be inserted in to the starting line up.

The Cowboys are working hard to improve their defense as a whole and, while they may be improved up front thanks to a switch to the 4-3 scheme, the defensive backfield remains a real concern. The team may regret passing up on a player like Matt Elam in favor of Travis Frederick in the first round, but that is a pill they will need to swallow.

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