Cowboys rookie S Wilcox trying to leave impression

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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.

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