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During an offseason, every team loses players and claims players. How does losing Byron Jones in free agency impact the Dallas Cowboys?
He was a very important piece to the defense and will continue his great play with the Miami Dolphins. Since he held such an important role on the team, how does his departure in free agency impact the Cowboys?
Moving Up the Ladder
While Jones was the biggest name and had the most achievements, he isn’t the only talented cornerback on the team. His now-former teammates Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie will both take on a bigger role this season.
While maybe they haven’t played as well as Jones, a bigger role may be what they need to take the next step. Awuzie would become the number one corner, with Lewis sliding into the number two spot.
Awuzie came off his best season yet in his three-year career. This past season he started all 16 games and accumulated 17 passes defended, 79 tackles and one interception. He also allowed fewer yards per reception, a lower passer rating, and two fewer touchdowns than in 2018.
Now, he will be looked upon to cover the Odell Beckham Jr.’s and the DeAndre Hopkins‘. Will he be able to cover that caliber of players this season? I’m not sure but we are going to have to wait and see.
Lewis is more of someone to watch than Awuzie. While Awuzie was not the star defensive back, he was at least a full-time starter. Lewis has been the third or fourth cornerback since he was drafted.
The good thing is that both cornerbacks are at a very young age of 24. The bad thing is that both are entering the last year of their rookie contracts.
Will owner Jerry Jones extend them early in the season? There is a chance that the Cowboys have another idea in mind.