Trevon Diggs, CB
Moving back to the defensive side of the ball, second-round pick Trevon Diggs has played well despite the group’s failures. The coaching staff trusted him enough to let him play every defensive snap in the first four games of the season.
While the last two games saw him play fewer snaps, he still played the majority of them. With those snaps, he has held opposing quarterbacks to a 54.5 percent completion percentage.
While he is doing a great job preventing completions, the ones allowed have been costly. Quarterbacks average 16.2 yards per completion and have a 92.0 passer rating when throwing at Diggs. What I will say is that he has been noticeably better since the season started.
The completion percentage may be higher by the end of the season, but the passer rating and yards per completion should drop. By how much the stats move up or down is up in the air.
The most notable trait about the 6-foot-1 corner is that he has performed well at playing tight coverage. That is the primary reason why quarterbacks are having a hard time completing passes against him. There isn’t much room to fit the ball in.
Another part of his game that stands out is his aggressiveness. Diggs is not afraid to take the chance and reach out to knock a pass away. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, he has four passed defended in six games.
He brings an element that was lacking in the defense from last season. It was very conservative and opted to focus on securing the tackle. Diggs fits into new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme of aggression and attacking the ball.
While the defense as a whole has looked like Swiss cheese, the cornerback is a bright spot on the roster. Having other defenders return from injury should help him continue his success.
Smith, Lamb, and Diggs have enjoyed a great start to the season. I would expect all three players to continue what they are doing throughout the season and hopefully carry it into next season.
Regarding who has impressed me the most, it must be Trevon Diggs. The cornerback has lined up against top-notch players and succeeded. When no one else on the defense was playing well, he stepped up.