Xavier Woods’ intelligence allows a new start with the Vikings
The synchronization of the safeties happened almost instantly, dating back to their first time in the field together in the spring for organized team activity practices.
“It’s rare. I remember the early OTAs, it’s a whole new system for Xavier, and he makes all the calls and communicates with Harrison,” said Adam Zimmer. “It just shows how smart Xavier is, number one, but also how they can help each other during training camp and OTAs and all the practices that we have – I think they just gelled a lot.”
Thielen also noticed Woods’ presence at these practices.
“From the first day he arrived here I remember [thinking], ‘Yeah this guy is pretty good.’ [I went up to] Harrison and [said], ‘Dude, this guy is really, really good.’ “Thielen said.” And how he’s playing the game. How he’s able to see the pitch, how he’s able to take away some of the things that we’re trying to do. And now he has to go and show it on match day. What a great addition to this team. [We’re] lucky to have it. “
In addition to his normal cinematic study, Woods will bring in-person knowledge of the multiple threats the Cowboys pose.
Quarterback Dak Prescott has a passer rating of 115.0 this season, which ranks fifth in the NFL. Receivers CeeDee Lamb (497 yards, four touchdowns) and Amari Cooper (373 yards, four touchdowns) and tight end Dalton Schultz (359 yards, three touchdowns) moved the ball and put points on the board.