The Dallas Cowboys have had their OTA’s and minicamp, and the next stop is training camp. Before you know it the 2018 season will be kicking off. With that in mind, I will be breaking down the roster by position. Today we will take a look at the cornerbacks.
The Dallas Cowboys cornerback position group is the most inexperienced group on the roster. However, they also could be the most exciting group to watch in 2018. What they lack in experience they make up for in athleticism and playmaking potential.
Let’s start with Byron Jones. Jones has the most NFL experience of any of the corners, but the least experience at the cornerback position. Byron will be making the move from safety to corner this season. Jones has the size and is a very good tackler. The Cowboys hope that the move to corner will also bring more interceptions. In his three seasons in the NFL, Jones only has two interceptions.
Next up is Anthony Brown. Brown will be entering his third NFL season. Not much was expected of Brown when Dallas selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but Brown has shown that he belongs in the league. In his first two seasons, he has 111 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions. Brown should continue to improve and be a valuable member of the secondary in 2018.
Another player that should improve this season is Chidobe Awuzie. After a stellar rookie season, Awuzie will look to take another step forward in year two. Like most of the Cowboys corners, the biggest area Chidobe will look to improve on is his takeaways. He only had one interception in his rookie campaign. Dallas will need more from him in 2018.
Perhaps Dallas’ best cover corner in 2017 was rookie Jourdan Lewis. Lewis is a physical corner and a willing tackler. He had 54 tackles in 2017. He also had 10 pass deflections. The one negative stat for Lewis? You guessed it, he only had one interception. It’s the common theme with the Cowboys corners, they were solid but lacked interceptions. So how does that change in 2018?
I believe there are two reasons Dallas will have more interceptions from their CB’s in 2018. The first reason is experience. All of Dallas’ corners are young. As they get more experience they will become more comfortable. As they become more comfortable they will be more willing to take the necessary chances it takes to create interceptions. The second reason is new defensive backs coach Kris Richard. Kris Richard has spent the past eight seasons as a coach in the Seattle Seahawks organization. From 2012-2014 he was the defensive backs coach for Seattle. In those three seasons, Seattle had 59 interceptions. To put that in perspective, in the past three seasons Dallas has 27 interceptions. Seattle had 28 interceptions in 2013 alone. Richard was part of the coaching staff that created the legion of boom. Dallas may not be the legion of boom in 2018 but under the guidance of Richard, they should create significantly more turnovers which will ultimately lead to more wins for the team in 2018.
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