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Cowboys Draft Turns Up The Heat On Veteran Cornerbacks

One of the biggest talking points after the draft was how much pressure is now on Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. While this is true, they aren’t the only ones who should be feeling the heat right now. The Cowboys invested three of their 11 draft picks on cornerback, signaling that the leashes have shortened significantly for the veterans on the roster in Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, and Maurice Canady.

  • Trevon Diggs showed enough as a rookie to prove he is going to be a part of the Cowboys’ long-term plans at the position.
  • Kelvin Joseph was widely regarded as a 1st round talent that slid due to non-football reasons.

In a perfect world, those two are going to eat up the majority of the snaps at CB moving forward.

Maurice Canady is a guy I was excited to have as a depth piece before he opted out of the 2020 season, but at this point, I would be shocked if he makes the roster to open the season. His best path to playing time is carving out a role on special teams.

Third-round pick Nahshon Wright is a developmental piece, so that leaves room for Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis for now. However, if Wright develops quicker than expected it will make for some tough decisions as he has the ideal size Quinn prefers in his secondary.

If this happens I think Anthony Brown could become a cap casualty after this season. Brown is scheduled to make 6.5 million dollars in the 2022 season, and if he doesn’t show he can be an integral part of improving the defense I think it would make sense to take the small hit to free up the additional cap space.

Jourdan Lewis’s ability to defend out of the slot and his lower contract number work in his favor in projecting a roster spot in 2022, but there is an opt-out in his contract that could free up roughly three million if the Cowboys decide to continue the youth movement in the secondary after this season.

Change is definitely in the air in Dallas after last season’s historically bad defensive effort, and the pressure is rightly on every veteran on the roster. Anything less than an NFC East title is a failure this season, and any veteran that isn’t going to play an integral part in that needs to be moved on from to let the incoming youth get much-needed reps.

What do you think?


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  1. Given Dan Quinns preference in length I wouldnt be surprised if either or both of Lewis and Brown are done after this year. Brown is taller than Lewis so theres that. I feel like Diggs and Joesph are our CBs of the future with Wright being depth and then you add in the potential of Robinson or Mukuamu.

  2. I agree. I don’t think Canady has a shot to make the roster. If he qualifies for the Practice Squad, maybe he gets to hang on there….maybe. Trevon Diggs and Kelvin Joseph will be CB1 and CB2 for the foreseeable future. Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis will be prime backups and slot cover backs. Israel Mukuamu will make the roster, but I’m not sure if he will be a cornerback, safety or hybrid. Nahshon Wright is another question mark. I’m not convinced of his ability. But time will tell. For the time being, C.J. Goodwin will be on the roster for his Special teams play. Rashard Robinson will be going over to Maurice Canady’s house to see if he knows of any NFL jobs available! He may run inito Deante Burton on the way because he will be shown the door as well. Reggie Robinson is a mystery. Does he stay with the team? I doubt it, but it depends on how the Cowboys structure the roster. (10 defensive backs – 6 CB and 4 SS/FS?). At Safety, Donovan Wilson and Damontae Kazee are the predicted starters, however, anything is possible here. With so many good young linebackers fighting to make the team, Keanu Neal may just go back to playing Free Safety. I actually think this would be the best idea. Jayron Kearse, Darian Thompson, Tyler Coyle, Steven Parker will have to fight it out for the final SS/FS roster spot. Although, Coyle and or Parker could make the Practice Squad. So it probably comes down to Kearse vs. Thompson. In that situation, my money is on Kearse because of his outstanding Special teams play.

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