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28 yrs


6'0'' / 204 lbs


Texas A&M


Solid numbers in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-30

Wilson recorded 88 tackles (55 solo) while adding three passes defended including two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries over 15 regular-season games in 2023.

The 28-year-old safety missed the first two games of the year with a calf injury and didn't start seeing a full workload until Week 5, but Wilson was his usual tackling-machine self down the stretch, with 53 of his stops coming in the Cowboys' final seven regular-season games. He's thrived in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's scheme, but Wilson's 2024 outlook could take a big hit if Quinn takes a head coaching job elsewhere this offseason.

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Big day in win over Detroit

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

Wilson recorded a team-high 11 tackles (six solo) and added an interception in a Week 17 win over the Lions.

The fifth-year safety reached double-digit tackles for the second straight game as he moves back into a leading role in Dan Quinn's defense. The INT was Wilson's first of the season and the fourth of his career, and he's coming on strong down the stretch with 48 tackles over the last six games. With the Cowboys looking to lock up the NFC East title with a win in Week 18 over the Commanders, Wilson and the rest of the defensive starters should see their usual workloads.

Leading tackler against Miami

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-25

Wilson recorded a team-high 12 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 22-20 loss to the Dolphins.

The fifth-year safety reached double-digit tackles for the first time this season. Wilson would need a huge finish to the season to produce 100-plus tackles again, as he has 72 with two games to go, but he's in strong form with 37 stops, plus one pass defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over the last five contests.

Season high tackles in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-19

Wilson recorded eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Bills.

Wilson finished tied for second on the team with DeMarcus Lawrence at eight tackles, which also set a new season high for the safety. The 28-year-old has now recorded 60 tackles, a pass deflection, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries over the 12 contests he's appeared in this year.

Back at full speed Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-12

Wilson (ankle) was a full participant at practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Wilson sustained an ankle injury in Week 5 at San Francisco, but it was evidently minor, as he now seems good to go for Week 6. He should resume a sizeable role in Dallas' defensive backfield Monday at the Chargers.

Picks up seven tackles, leg injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-10

Wilson (leg) tallied seven tackles (five solo) in the Cowboys 42-10 loss to the 49ers in Week 5.

Wilson has now seen his tackle total increase in each game this year after being sidelined in the first two weeks. It should be noted, he did exit the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. The severity of the issue remains unknown at this time, but more clarity should come once the Cowboys release the first injury report ahead of Monday's matchup with the Chargers.

Suffers right leg injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-08

Wilson went down with a right leg injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest with the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilson was assisted off the field by the training staff and he appears unlikely to return. More information on his status will likely come following the game.

Full practice Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-20

Wilson (calf) was a full participant at the Cowboys' practice Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilson appears ready to go ahead of the team's Week 3 matchup with the Cardinals after missing the first two games of the season with a calf injury. His return will likely push Malik Hooker into a backup role at free safety moving forward. Wilson recorded a career-high 101 tackles, including five sacks, while appearing in all 17 games for the Cowboys in 2022.

Should play Week 3

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-18

Wilson (calf) is expected to be limited in practice Wednesday and practice in full Thursday, in anticipation of suiting up Sunday against the Cardinals, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Wilson has missed each of Dallas' first two games this season, but his return appears to be on the horizon. The veteran safety's return would certainly be a boost to an already strong defense that has only allowed 10 points on the 2023 campaign thus far.

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