Jourdan Lewis, CB
Often the lost one in the group of the Cowboys young cornerbacks, Jourdan Lewis will continue to rise. The 2018 season saw a huge drop in snaps going from 71 percent in 2017 to 18 percent in 2018.
He was sure to have a nice rebound year in 2019. One of the cool things about him is that he was able to sack opposing quarterbacks 4.0 times. That is 1.0 fewer than star defensive end, DeMarcus Lawrence.
As a cornerback, that is a very impressive feat. This is all while playing solid in coverage. At least it looked like it during games.
Holding quarterbacks to a 68.8 percent completion percentage and an 86.8 passer rating isn’t all that good. I would expect those numbers to drop as the defensive line plays better.
While his advanced stats may leave some fans scratching their head, I believe new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s aggressive scheme will help that out. He looks like he is playing pretty good, now it’s a matter of being consistent.
The possible loss of cornerback Byron Jones will thrust Lewis into the starting spot on the outside unless a high draft pick is used on a cornerback. The 55 percent of defensive snaps would jump up to 70 to 75 percent, similar to 2017,
It may also depend on how the Cowboys address the safety position. If a high draft pick is spent on one, then Lewis’ snaps may drop.
Going off the current roster as it is, he should have an increased role in an aggressive defense as Nolan utilizes Lewis’ ability to get to the quarterback and disrupt the offense. The work on coverage will be done to reinforce that he is a good coverage back.