Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Diggs has truly arrived in a big way
By Riley Donald
The Dallas Cowboys put on a show and sent a message on Monday Night Football in their dismantling of the Philadelphia Eagles. The offense and defense both had it going last night and not only was it great complementary football, but it was also simply dominant football. The defensive effort was propelled by an outstanding performance from cornerback, Trevon Diggs.
Diggs, a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, showed out last night play after play. Things came full circle when Diggs, guarding former Alabama teammate, wide receiver Devonta Smith, intercepted another former Alabama teammate, quarterback Jalen Hurts, and took it back 59 yards for a score to give the Cowboys a 20-point lead less than a minute into the third quarter.
Devonta Smith did slip on the play, but let’s recognize Diggs made an incredible break on the ball and was sitting on that route like he was most of the evening. Smith, the Eagles’ recent first-round draft pick, was limited to three catches for a measly 28 yards. Diggs chipped in three additional pass breakups as well.
Trevon Diggs will be a star for many years to come on the Dallas Cowboys
“Hard Knocks” fan favorite, Aiden Diggs, told his dad to go get an interception and score before the game and his dad did nothing but deliver on that request. Diggs is playing with a confidence that the Cowboys haven’t seen or had on the outside in a while. He is playing with an attitude and trusting his instincts.
Diggs has three interceptions last season in his rookie campaign but felt he left some turnovers on the table. I think it might be safe to say the Alabama product has figured out the correct formula to turn deflections into not only turnovers but points for the Cowboys.
Being tasked with guarding the likes of Mike Evans, Keenan Allen, and Devonta Smith is a bit of a gauntlet to start the season but it has forged Diggs and let him go head-to-head with some of the best receivers that the NFL has to offer. Answering the bell on those matchups is more than enough reason for Diggs to be playing as confident as he is.
Last night we saw Trevon Diggs chirping the Eagles receivers, letting Jalen Hurts know he had his Eagles receivers on lockdown, and celebrating every play he made (which was a lot). The Cowboys need that fire, that attitude, and that little bit of an edge on defense. That energy creates emotion and gets the entire defense swarming.
Trevon Diggs has shown all the signs so far that he is here to stay and be quite the lockdown corner for this team. The Cowboys might just have themselves a lockdown corner taking away receivers and a large chunk of the field.
It appears the Trevon Diggs is believing in himself, exactly what his son Aiden yelled for him to do during “Hard Knocks.” The Cowboys certainly hope Diggs continues to believe in himself because if he does, he elevates this secondary to a level it hasn’t reached in a while.