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Jourdan Lewis, the Change the Dallas Cowboys Defense Needs

The Dallas Cowboys are a mess right now, especially on the defensive side of the ball. There's no sugar coating the way they've played these past few weeks. I think the third consecutive loss in a row pretty much speaks for itself. Something needs to change and fast, but what!?

Enter Cornerback Jourdan Lewis.

With both and currently nursing injuries from last Sunday's game against the , Jourdan Lewis should see quite an increase in playing time in Week 7 against the . I don't know about you, but this could be the change the Dallas Cowboys needs.

If you've read any of my previous articles on Jourdan Lewis, then you already know I've been pretty adamant he deserves to be on the field more often. I believe he is the Cowboys second best cornerback, behind only Byron Jones. Unfortunately, since the hiring of last season he hasn't seen the field much.

Kris Richard has a prototype he prefers in his cornerbacks and No. 27 doesn't quite fit the bill. Richard likes his at least 6 foot tall with an arm length of approximately 32 inches. At 5'10”, Jourdan Lewis falls a few inches under the height threshold Richard likes, but narrowly misses in the arm length with 31 5/8 inch arms.

Jourdan Lewis
Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis

It may be pretty obvious, but I personally don't agree with Richard's insistence on playing the CBs that fit his prototype. I think it's flawed, especially as it pertains to Jourdan Lewis. On just about any other team around the league Lewis would be starting, but with the Cowboys he currently sits fourth on the .

Due to the current injuries at the CB position though, Richard doesn't really have a choice but to play Jourdan Lewis more this week. He may even have to be relied upon as a starter and I believe that could be the change the Cowboys defense needs.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Byron Jones and Anthony Brown. But, neither CB is known for creating turnovers. No. 27 on the other hand has a knack for being in the right place at the right time to come away with an interception. In fact, only Anthony Brown (4) has more than interceptions since he joined the team and that's with far more playing time.

As a rookie, Lewis played 70% of the defensive snaps in 2017. His defensive snaps dropped dramatically in 2018 (18%) after the hiring of Kris Richard. So far this season his snap count has increased from a season ago to 30.17% and could rise even higher due to injuries and opportunity.

I don't expect Jourdan Lewis to fix all of the Dallas Cowboys problems on defense all by himself, but the Cowboys have to start somewhere. He could just be the spark they need to get back on track. At least that's what I'm hoping anyway.

What do you think? Is Jourdan Lewis the change the Cowboys defense needs?

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Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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oneputter

31 is not a good CB, he is average at best. he could not cover a 31 yr old D Thomas this past weekend.

just like 38, 50, 82, 31 also needs to go….time is up here in dallas, they are keeping younger better more hungry players from playing.

from day one i have been calling for lewis, much better player. i hope he gets his chance.

Mike Johnson Jr.

Lewis needs to be on the field….and has needed to be on the field. Richard has to answer for the issues with his DB’s right now!! Can’t find the ball in the air at all. Lewis can.

Easttexkid

I’m not a good judge of the individual skill set of players. I only get to see the games on TV, and I can’t determine just how good the guy is.
However, I know there are problems somewhere because the results stink. I watched the lions last week have a much better pass coverage against the Packers than Dallas ever did. I don’t believe the Lions pass rush is as good as the Cowboys, yet they came way more close to sacking Aaron Rogers, and did, at least once. And, would’ve beat em but for the pitiful officiating.

Every sack, or rush was a result of good secondary coverage. I have always liked Jordan Lewis, and think he should get a chance to show what he can do.

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