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What’s In Store For CB Jourdan Lewis In 2019?

2018 was a weird year for Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis.

After a stellar rookie season which raised expectations for Lewis heading into year two, staff changes and uncertainty left him in no man's land last season. Despite spending most of his time on the boundary in 2017, Jourdan Lewis was moved to the slot during his sophomore campaign. With and on the outside, most expected Lewis to be that starting slot corner to complete the young trio.

Instead, after a preseason , it was who won that slot cornerback role. And because of his solid play all season, Brown never really relinquished his spot on the .

This relegated Jourdan Lewis to a lesser role than expected, but when he got his opportunities, he typically made the most of them. Asked to cover on passing downs during the Cowboys victory against the Saints, Lewis had his best game of the season and kept the prolific pass catching on lockdown. He also did everything he was asked to do by the staff, even working with the on jet sweeps when was out.

The Cowboys are four deep with talented cornerbacks at arguably one of the most important position groups in all of football, but it's fair to wonder what the future has in store for Jourdan Lewis. coordinator and assumed in waiting has a clear “type” of cornerback he values, and unfortunately for Lewis, he doesn't really fit that mold.

Both Anthony Brown and Byron Jones are entering contract years, and it's likely Dallas will look to add another through the 2019 . Because of Richard's preferences, Dallas is being linked to corners like Houston's . And though he doesn't have the natural coverage abilities that Lewis has, Richard may see the opportunity to mold Johnson into a starting cornerback in time due to his physical attributes.

How the Cowboys decide to deal with Anthony Brown's contract situation will also play a big role in Lewis' future with the team. If they let Brown walk next , Lewis would likely slide right into that starting slot cornerback role. But if Brown has another solid season and the Cowboys bring him back, Lewis' days with the Cowboys could very well be numbered.

Jourdan Lewis is a good football player and deserving of playing time, but it doesn't appear that Kris Richard is too interested in playing both he and Anthony Brown together too often. Of course, you can never have enough good corners but you also don't want to waste a talented players' time on the bench either.

Position battles during and the upcoming preseason may end up deciding which of the two young corners is on the roster in 2020 and beyond.

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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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