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September 19, 2013

Will Allen says he will 'live with it' if rookie J.J. Wilcox takes over his job at safety

Safety Will Allen said if it is time for rookie J.J. Wilcox to move ahead of him at safety, he’s “got to live with it.”

Wilcox rotated in for first-team snaps at practice Thursday, a sign that Wilcox could be on the way to taking over the job.

“I think you should ask the head coach and the defensive coordinator those questions,” Allen said. “I really don’t want to speak on it. I mean, the only thing I can say is that I’m here, on the team, and just thankful for that.”

Allen, a 10-year veteran, signed a one-year contract to give the Cowboys a veteran hand as they moved to the 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin. Allen played for Kiffin in Tampa Bay.

Allen acknowledged that the NFL is a business.

“Got to live with it. Keep your head up,” he said. “But I definitely think you should talk to the head coach and Monte about that.”

Allen said he’s pleased with the way he is playing, but that Wilcox is a good player, too.

“A really good player,” Allen said. “Good tackler. Physical. Gets the ball. A good player. I got a lot of respect for J.J.”

The other starting safety, Barry Church, said Wilcox is ready to be a starter.

“He has all the traits to be great out there,” Church said. “He just has to get the defense down, get his angles down. The coaches and I will work with him back there with that. As soon as he gets that down, the sky’s the limit for the guy.”

Wilcox led the team in tackles in preseason and had an interception and two pass breakups.

-- Carlos Mendez

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