The Dallas Cowboys got some great news over the weekend with training camp approaching this week. Second-year cornerback Kelvin Joseph, who was named a person of interest in a murder investigation back in March, was cleared by a Dallas county on Sunday.

Joseph isn’t completely out of the fire just yet. The NFL is doing its due diligence on the situation. With commissioner Roger Goodell as judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to legal matters in the league, a suspension isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which would certainly hurt the Cowboys at the cornerback spot.

As it stands at the moment, Joseph can focus on football and show why he was a player that some said was a first-round talent. He’ll be looking to build off of what he put on film as a rookie. The sample size wasn’t large as he only logged 164 defensive snaps for the Cowboys. However, the stickiness in coverage and toughness was there and it laid a foundation to build on.

Despite Joseph’s lack of college experience (played 15 games total for LSU and Kentucky) and minimal reps for the Cowboys, he has a lot of believers in his talent. Recently, he was named a second-year breakout candidate. It won’t be easy for him to prove his supporters right because Anthony Brown isn’t going to give up the CB2 role without a fight, especially after he had his best season in 2021.

Why Joseph must have a good training camp/preseason

Anytime a player is in a situation like Joseph is in it’s imperative to show and prove on the field to get back in good favor. Regardless of what’s said or reported from the Cowboys, eyebrows were certainly raised when it was made known that Joseph was connected to an incident that led to a man losing his life. Remember, Joseph was suspended for violating team rules at LSU so he already has somewhat of a track record with off-the-field matters.

Another reason Joseph needs to perform well is that he’s a second-round pick and players selected that high are expected to contribute early. Yes, Brown stepped his game up last season, but ideally, the Cowboys want Joseph to take over the CB2 role. The Cowboys need to see a return on their investment sooner than later since Joseph was hand-picked by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who they trust immensely.

The battle between Joseph and Brown will be one of the more intriguing storylines of training camp for the Cowboys. Joseph may have had a rocky start to a degree in his NFL career, but a great camp and preseason will go a long way in him taking the next step, and give the Cowboys that much more confidence in bringing him on board.

But a step in the opposite direction could be Joseph’s last step as a Cowboy.

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