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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in and during the next draft, the young seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in , and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the , and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and 's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 , and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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