IRVING, Texas -- A Dallas Cowboys transition from 10-year NFL safety Will Allen to fast-learning rookie J.J. Wilcox will not be executed the way Mom used to tell you to remove a bandage from a wound. You know, "Rip it off fast, so it stings less."
This change figures to be gradual. And maybe painful. But in the end, it will hopefully be a permanent solution in the secondary rather than simply a temporary Band-Aid.
"I think I am," Wilcox responded to reporters on Thursday when asked of his readiness to become a starter. "I'm going to keep preaching just to be ready when my number's called. It's a great team going in a great direction, and I just want to be ready."
Coaches asked Wilcox to be ready on Thursday at Valley Ranch, when the third-round pick from Georgia Southern took snaps with the first team in place of Allen.
"(Wilcox) is definitely a physical player and he has a lot of traits to be great out there," said Barry Church, who is locked in at the other safety spot. "He ju...