As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to open training camp, the team’s young players understand that their attention to detail has to be an all time high if they want to earn significant playing time on the team.
For safety JJ Wilcox, who is preparing to enter his sophomore year in the NFL, that has led to a more focused approach to the season.
Wilcox is a projected starter along with Barry Church, and he admitted some flaws that slowed him down during his rookie campaign.
Wilcox says that he was a bit overwhelmed when he first entered the league, but he seems to have everything under control and is ready to take a more professional approach.
“Coming in as a rookie, your head is spinning,” Wilcox said, via the Dallas Morning News. ”Now it’s more relaxed. I understand what I have to do. I understand my job. I understand it’s a profession. I understand that, hey, everything I do here I have to go in and attack it to the best of my ability otherwise I won’t be here.
“As a rookie you don’t understand that. You’re caught in the lights, you’re caught in the fame. Your second year you understand that it’s a business.”
Wilcox was also humbled during his rookie season.
“You see that you’re not as good as you think you are in this NFL,” Wilcox said.
While Wilcox has plenty of room to improve, the team seems to have plenty of confidence in his ability.
The Cowboys didn’t draft a safety until the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so that has to help to boost the youngster’s confidence.