2. Anthony Brown, CB
Cornerback Anthony Brown plays with a chip on his shoulder. Since being drafted in the sixth round in 2016, Brown has never been looked at as a starting-caliber cornerback in the NFL. When his contract was up after the 2019 season, Dallas decided to bring Brown back to Texas on a three-year, $15.5 million deal.
With former corner Chidobe Awuzie leaving in free agency, Brown transitioned to play outside cornerback opposite fellow corner Trevon Diggs. Playing opposite the league’s leader in interceptions means more quarterbacks will throw in Brown’s direction, which means more plays against him. Even though he has not had as many picks as Diggs, Brown has certainly held his own and has his share of flash plays.
Yes, he did have a bad game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving, but outside of that, he has played well for the role he’s been asked to fill. So far, Brown has three interceptions, 15 passes defended, and one touchdown on the season.
Brown’s best trait is versatility. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis was out against Washington last week due to COVID-19, so Brown slid back inside and looked great. If Lewis is not cleared from protocols to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Brown’s versatility will come in handy as the Cowboys aim for the No. 1 seed.