Cornerback Anthony Brown is someone who was a key part of the Cowboys’ defense a couple of seasons ago but had season-ending surgery in November last season. Despite this, Dallas gave him a three-year deal.
In his rookie season, the former sixth-round pick played well. He made 55 tackles and defended eight passes while intercepting one pass. This was all while playing only 68 percent of the defensive snaps.
Watching Brown’s rookie season had me very optimistic about his future. Having that success as a sixth-round pick in their rookie season made me believe he would be a crucial part of the defense in the following seasons.
As a sophomore, Brown was given starting responsibility with his snaps jumping up to 81 percent of the defensive snaps. His stats didn’t get that much better, but he did have a solid 56 tackles along with two interceptions and 11 passes defended.
The 2018 season saw his role drop a decent amount, with his snaps dropping to 67 percent. He did end up missing one game due to a back injury, so that is one reason for the drop.
Regardless, Brown made 44 tackles and defended eight passes while intercepting one. That is not too much of a drop from the season prior, but still a drop.
This past season, Brown was limited to only nine games. In that short span, he made 17 tackles and defended five passes.
Brown may not be living up to the expectations that I had after his rookie season, but he has been playing well. He is a solid depth option to have on the team. At 26-years-old, there is still time to get better.