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Is CB Jourdan Lewis Poised For A True Breakout In 2020?

Every fanbase has their guy.

Everyone knows the stars – the 's, 's, and 's – but those unheralded players who the fanbase believes in (even if the level of belief is irrational) are the ones who take control of their hearts and minds each season.

And no one on the Cowboys is more believed in by the fanbase than .

The former pick may already be the best player from the Cowboys 2017 draft class, with college teammate now in Miami and position-mate taking a step back in 2019. But even after taking a step forward last season with increased playing time, there certainly feels like there's more out there for Lewis going forward.

Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox named a potential 2020 breakout candidate for each team this week, with Jourdan Lewis earning those honors for the Cowboys.

And considering both his own talents and the state of the cornerback position in Dallas, Lewis seems like a safe bet for this milestone.

The Cowboys number one corner the past two seasons has been . Earning second team All Pro honors in 2018 and his first appearance as well, Jones emerged as one of the league's best after moving from to cornerback full time. According to Football Outsiders, Jones played 94.6% of the team's defensive snaps in 2019 and has clearly been avoided by opposing offenses week in and week out.

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cornerback Byron Jones (31) celebrates with teammate Chidobe Awuzie (24) after Jones recovered a fumble during the first half of a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Jones is now entering , and will likely command a high price to be retained. No, he's not prime , but he's a darn-good player who will be highly coveted on the market this Spring. Fellow cornerback is also entering free agency, though he is coming off a season ending which may bring his price tag down.

Dallas has a ton of contracts to deal with this , and it seems likely Jones will be the odd man out. While I'd personally advise against moving on, the reality of the financials may force Jones to find work elsewhere.

If this is the case, there won't be much holding back Jourdan Lewis from the number one role. Despite being relegated to a slot corner role under , Lewis was primarily an outside corner at Michigan and during his rookie year.

And he was good on the perimeter.

Lewis should've been the CB2 opposite Byron Jones a year ago, but it seems that height/length thresholds restricted his ceiling under Richard's system.

Now the Cowboys defensive seems wide open, Kris Richard has been replaced, and the playmaking Lewis should have every opportunity to earn playing time in 2020.

Kevin Brady
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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