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October 09, 2013

Cowboys want to see young safeties, including Heath, Garrett says after release of Will Allen

Jason Garrett said the Cowboys want to see more of their young safeties, so that was one reason for cutting veteran Will Allen.

“J.J. Wilcox has been our starter for the last couple of weeks, and Jeff Heath has been a guy who has really emerged throughout training camp and the early part of this season, so we want to give those guys an opportunity to play,” Garrett said Wednesday.

Wilcox has started the past three games and posted 17 tackles in that stretch, including nine against Denver last week. But he does not have a pass breakup.

Heath, an undrafted rookie, has not made a tackle in the regular defense. He recovered a muffed punt against the Giants in Week 1.

“We still have a veteran back there in Danny McCray, who has played for us in the past,” Garrett said. “We felt like a combination of all those things, trying to give those guys an opportunity, we felt it was the right time to do this.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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