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    Where Does CB Jourdan Lewis Fit In A Kris Richard Secondary?

    Much has been made over the last year about the Cowboys revamped . As you probably know by now, Dallas let multiple veteran contributors walk in prior to the in favor of youthful cornerbacks and safeties.

    The results through one season have been mixed, though there is a lot of reason for excitement about this rebuilt unit.

    One of the major reasons fans felt excited after the 2017 season was due to cornerback Jourdan Lewis. The former Michigan corner was arguably the most consistent of the three rookie who saw significant action, functioning primarily as an outside cornerback.

    Lewis had his growing pains as all rookies do, but he and brought an attitude to the Cowboys' back-end which they haven't had in a very long time.

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    Things have changed a bit in the past few months, however. The hiring of former as well as the full time position switch for now cornerback points towards a different direction in the Cowboys secondary. One which emphasizes height, length, and physicality in their cornerbacks.

    At just 5'10” 195 pounds, it's easy to see why some are worried that Jourdan Lewis will get lost in the shuffle a bit this season. Awuzie and Jones are now the assumed starting outside cornerbacks, and at 6'0″ you can see how each fits the “Legion of Boom” prototype.

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    Conventional wisdom would say that Jourdan Lewis should be a slot cornerback in the NFL. But his coverage abilities and film thus far suggest that Lewis is better suited to play on the outside than he is in the slot.

    In fact, it may be the taller Byron Jones which fits better in the slot than Lewis. According to , Byron Jones was a top eight slot cornerback in the entire NFL a season ago.

    How much does this really matter?

    Well, according to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus it probably won't matter at all. Broaddus wrote that Lewis “will be apart of this rotation one way or another,” and added that he's off to a great start with .

    Basically, while Kris Richard may have his “type” of cornerback, Jourdan Lewis is simply too good and too competitive to allow himself to fall out of this lineup. Though he excelled as an outside cornerback at Michigan and during much of his rookie season, Lewis may find his home in the slot here with the Cowboys going forward.

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    Regardless a cornerback trio of Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones, and Jourdan Lewis is one that can become dangerous for opposing offenses. And having too many good cover corners is a great problem for a team to have.

    Jourdan Lewis had an impressive rookie season in 2017, and there's no reason to think he can't build on that heading into his sophomore campaign.

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    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
    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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    Gbear

    Richard was fired for a reason. What’s the first thing he does? Puts one guy in a position he’s not best suited for and removes the one suited for it and places him in a slot he’s not best suited for and too stubborn to change because he just wants it that way. He was a puppet of his HC in Seattle, it’s not Richard’s system, he just brought it with him. Maybe, he’s been promoted beyond his level of competency. The way he gets on the field and runs around isn’t something an eventual coordinator or HC would ever have time to do. That tells me he’s an action teacher, he can only work within what the system already has, he can’t innovate. As long as he’s not promoted to DC or even HC, he’ll be okay, that’s why he’s not still Seattle’s DC.

    gregoryambus

    Anthony Brown is better than both Lewis and Awuzie. He had two interceptions in 2017 after getting reduced playing time, and one interception in 2016 only playing half the season. Shouldn’t be playing Lewis and Awuzie just because they were higher draft picks. If their better than Brown, make them earn it. So far, they don’t show it, play Brown more, Cowboys will be better for it.

    Gbear

    Never said Richard isn’t capable where he is now but expecting him to be good enough for DC or eventual HC requires a greater body of work, personally I hope he does great, certainly willing to give him a chance but he has to earn it. I don’t any more know why he was fired than I do why garrett still has a job. Richard played for Carroll while still at USC and got his coaching start with him at Seattle. Regardless of my opinion I hope the boys win it all but it’s hard to get excited about a garrett led team, been there, saw that. A team needs a good coach to advance, unfortunately we don’t have one, Jones knows it but he controls the strings, so, he’s okay with it. Just stay relevant, that’s all Jones cares about, money and recognition. garrett knows how to run a practice, he learned that from his daddy, he hasn’t learned anything sense. I had hoped he would become more instinctual but I’m afraid it doesn’t appear it can be learned at this stage of his development.

    Sexcdex Xfact

    Point well-taken my fellow fan
    It’s just you made an analogy of sorts about cleats, sweating, etc & his coaching style in comparison to a DC/HC
    I thought you were casting shade at Richard
    But
    HC J Garrett, by your last reply, has been hamstrung by owner Jerry Jones
    Based on this assessment, & I agree as well, it’s not coaching, it’s top brass handicapping the coaching staff
    This, it’s it Garrett’s fault for remaining as HC
    I feel they all have learned much valuable yet embarrassing