Dallas Cowboys: 3 players whose stock rose Week 1, and two who fell

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Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: Trevon Diggs

Expectations are understandably high for Trevon Diggs this season, and fans have to be happy with the way he played Thursday. Diggs drew the matchup against Mike Evans for 39 of his 47 routes that night and allowed just one reception for 10 yards. He also had a clutch interception off Tom Brady in the second quarter, which allowed the Cowboys to kick a field goal and take a 16-14 lead. 

Evans is an underrated but elite wideout. He’s led Tampa Bay in receiving in six of his seven seasons, and he’s never had less than 1,000 yards receiving. If Diggs can effectively shut down a receiver of Evans quality consistently, then the sky is the limit for the second-year corner.

He has a tough matchup in Week 2 as he will likely square up against Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen. Given his performance against Evans with Brady throwing in his direction, I think Diggs is ready to take the next step.

Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: Tyron Smith

Dak Prescott wasn’t the only member of the Cowboys making their long-awaited return following a season-ending injury in 2020. Offensive tackle Tyron Smith also took the field for the first time since Dallas’ Week 4 loss to the Cleveland Browns last season.


The results? Smith looked like his old self out there last night and allowed no pressures against one of the best front sevens in the entire NFL. If Smith can stay healthy and give the team this kind of production week in and week out, it would go a long way to ensuring that the Cowboys can make good on their offense’s explosive potential.