OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - J.J. Wilcox is a small college guy with little experience at safety trying to make an impression on the Dallas Cowboys.
So it makes sense that the rookie from Georgia Southern is developing a reputation as something of an overzealous tackler in practice.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says Wilcox has "Bill Bates syndrome," a reference to the hard-hitting former Dallas safety and special teams star who had the same reputation a decade ago.
Wilcox, a third-round pick, says he's just playing the way he was taught.
The Cowboys are taking notice of the former receiver. While injuries are probably the only way he becomes a starter his first year, he's getting steady work as a backup in training camp.