When the Dallas Cowboys were tied with the Cincinnati Bengals late in the fourth quarter in Week 2, All-Pro cornerback, Trevon Diggs, made back-to-back tackles to force a punt. As a result, the Cowboys would win the game on a last-second field goal by Brett Maher to take their record to 1-1.
Diggs was up to his heroics again on Monday. Dallas held a seven-point lead on the New York Giants late. After not recording an interception in the first two games, Diggs sealed the Cowboys’ second consecutive win by picking off Daniel Jones with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter.
Last season, the former second-round pick continued the hot end to his rookie campaign in which he snagged three interceptions in the Cowboys’ final five games. Diggs led the league with 11 interceptions, the most in the NFL since 1981, giving him 14 in his first 28 career games.
According to Next Gen Stats, Diggs allowed 790 yards in 2021. Over the 16 games he played, that’s an average of just 49 yards allowed per game, plus the turnovers he caused and two defensive scores, it’s no wonder Diggs earned first-team All-Pro honors in just his second season with the Cowboys.
The ending of the Bengals game was significant for Diggs. Being able to be a major part of securing the Cowboys’ first victory of the season by displaying his improved tackling ability, which has been seen as a flaw in the past, shows that he’s becoming more of a total package as a corner, which he mentioned was a goal of his during the offseason.
“I just feel I’ve got to improve my game all around,” Diggs said back in April. “Just being a complete corner, just being that shutdown corner. I feel like I’m going to do everything I can working this offseason to take it to the next step and the next level.”
The progression of Diggs as a player couldn’t have come at a better time. With Dak Prescott still out with a broken thumb, backup quarterback Cooper Rush and the Cowboys’ offense need the team’s defense to stay on an elite level, and Diggs fine-tuning his game increases the chances of that happening, making it easier to keep the team afloat until their top signal-caller returns.
Diggs was ridiculed during the summer for a few bad reps during training camp to the point that he deleted his Twitter account, calling it a toxic environment. However, hasn’t let that stop the trajectory of his career, and he looks as good as ever in year three.
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