The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Trevon Diggs who is coming off of an 11-interception campaign with a first-team All-Pro nod. However, despite his historic performance, the doubters of Diggs are still front and center, calling him more of a lucky risk taker than an elite cover guy.
Diggs will have his hands full this Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. Across from him will be Ja’Marr Chase, who took the league by storm as a rookie last season with over 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns, leading to a second-team All-Pro honor.
Chase didn’t waste time adding some gasoline to the fire in his matchup with Diggs. While he praised his athleticism and other aspects of his game, Chase mentioned that Diggs left much to be desired in another area.
“He’s got great ball skills in the air,” Chase said of Diggs. “He’s super fast. He’s not too much on technique-sound, though. You know what I’m saying? He’s a little hit or miss. You know what I’m saying. He’s either all the way on, or he’s like not on at all.”
Talk about a spicy comment.
Chase has a valid reason to be confident about Sunday’s battle with Diggs because he’s already shown that he can produce against him in a big game. In 2019, when LSU was en route to a national title, one of their big wins was a 46-41 shootout against Alabama.
During the contest, Chase was dominant with six receptions for 140 yards. He also scored one touchdown during the game which came with Diggs in coverage as he was too late getting his head around on a deep pass and Chase high-pointed the ball before crossing the goal-line.
The last time Ja'Marr Chase and Trevon Diggs matched uppic.twitter.com/YSxtSqSPTN— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 14, 2022
Diggs has to take this challenge to heart. Not only has Chase taken a shot at his skill set, but he’s already gotten the best of him on a big stage, and now that he’s with the Cowboys, the spotlight will be even bigger.
One man certainly isn’t lacking in the belief department regarding Diggs. Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that Diggs can handle any assignment.
“I think we feel comfortable putting Trevon on anybody,” said McCarthy.
Chase has come to the frontline and put Diggs on notice, and now the reigning interception king must answer the call if the Cowboys are going to avoid an 0-2 start.
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