The Washington Football Team came out guns blazing against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night. Right off the bat, they took a deep shot at Trevon Diggs while trying to connect on a go route with Terry McLaurin. Diggs did his thing and got the interception – the 11th for him this season! – and fans celebrated it, knowing very well that he had just tied Everson Walls for the franchise record.
And although it was impossible to tell from the TV broadcast, he wasn’t the only cornerback who had a great moment on that play. On the opposite side of the field, Kelvin Joseph was getting his first career start. Joseph had man coverage against Cam Sims.
Step for step, Joseph was locked in against his man. And it wouldn’t be the last play of the game in which he looked pretty good in coverage. Dan Quinn’s defense has been a man-to-man heavy team and they didn’t shy away from it with Joseph on the outside. Not even in the red zone, where Joseph lined up in press coverage more than one time on the backside of plays.
How good was Joseph’s performance in the Cowboys’ dominating win?
Well, according to PFF’s stats, Joseph allowed one catch in only five targets for -2 yards. He also had one pass deflection. Oh, and by the way, Joseph was in for 57 snaps!
Even against the run, the second-round rookie for the Dallas Cowboys looked good. He avoided traffic and was solid in run support and finished the day with three tackles.
Last night, I discussed whether or not the Cowboys should consider starting Kelvin Joseph after such a performance. Check out the below clip from my show A to Z Sports Dallas Primetime!
Although I think the answer to “Should he be starting?” is a no, his snap count should drastically increase. Before last Sunday’s game, the Dallas Cowboys had played Joseph n 14 defensive snaps. 11 of them came against the Atlanta Falcons in garbage time.
Anthony Brown has played 900 more snaps than him and should remain the starter, especially now that the playoffs are so close. But Joseph deserves more snaps, and not only from a development point of view.
He looks ready to contribute. Let’s not forget that the Cowboys haven’t played their rookie because of two main reasons. 1) Joseph was dealing with an injury early in the season, and 2) Brown has exceeded every expectation we had for him at outside cornerback.
Those two reasons shouldn’t keep the Cowboys from playing a cornerback that performed so well in man coverage last Sunday. And he definitely deserves more playing time than a 7% for the season.
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