As part of our series looking at underrated players we turn to Dallas’ Safety Donovan Wilson who’s making big plays in big D.
Wilson’s rise has been as unpredictable as impressive. Despite a stellar college career and impressive first pre-season he failed to make much of an impact through his first season and a quarter. He’s since started 6 straight games and made some huge plays along the way.
A 6th round pick last year for the Cowboys, Wilson was PFFs top rated player through the 2019 preseason. His 3 Interceptions had him penciled in for a starting job come the regular season but an ankle injury led to him missing the start of the season, relegating him to mainly special teams duties. He played just 16 defensive snaps last term, spread across 3 games.
Without a pre-season Wilson’s chances to start were again scuppered this term. 2020 started almost identically to 2019; mainly assigned to special teams work to start the year. This changed in week 4 at home to the Browns where Wilson played a career high 71 snaps (93%) on defense and led the Cowboys with 10 tackles and a sack. Since the Browns Wilson has started every game for the Cowboys. Despite the late start he leads the team with 3 forced fumbles and is 4th with 43 tackles.
In case you haven’t heard: His biggest performance came this Sunday at the Vikings. Numerous big hits resulting in two forced fumbles changed the game and helped give the Cowboys their first win since week 5. The Cowboys now have a shot at making the playoffs, more games like this from Wilson will seriously help their cause.
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