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CB Chidobe Awuzie Looking To Show Out At Training Camp

Given the emergence of as an All Pro level cornerback, Chidobe Awuzie saw an increase in targets his way during the . Still, Awuzie came on strong late in the season and looked to be playing up to his hype by the time the postseason came around.

Now Awuzie enters his third NFL season, looking to establish himself as an equal and potential replacement to Jones as the CB1. And with Jones out thus far in camp, Awuzie has been turning some heads.

Awuzie’s biggest issue in 2018 really didn’t have anything to do with his coverage abilities. More often than not he was step for step with receivers, sticking to them in man coverage and making it difficult on them to find space. The problems came more at the catch point, where Awuzie struggled to get his hands on the ball and gave up far too many contested catches.

So far in , Chidobe Awuzie has shown improvement in this area on multiple reps. On the play clipped above, we see Awuzie defending on a fade route. Awuzie stays right on his back hip the whole time, and gets in Gallup’s line of sight with the ball in the air.

Traditionally, you’d think that Awuzie would want to get his head around to deflect the pass, but actually teaches his corners to keep their eyes on the receiver. So by design, Awuzie is perfect on this rep.

On this play, Awuzie’s deflection gives Xavier Woods a chance to create a turnover. We see him play the ’s route perfectly, displaying excellent closing speed and quick hands to bat the ball away in the air. Just as he always has, Awuzie stays in excellent position in man coverage, but he is now working to make plays on the ball he never really was able to in the past.

Taking this next step as a cover corner will turn Awuzie from a good, likely underrated around the leauge, cornerback into a potential caliber player opposite Byron Jones.

This is textbook coverage from Chidobe here, and should get all Cowboys excited about what his future holds in 2019.

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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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