Despite leading the league in interceptions last season, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs got a lot of flack for giving up coverage yards by being too much of a high-risk, high-reward player. That didn’t stop him from landing a top spot in the NFL Top 100, but it did lead him to set a goal for himself of being “a more complete corner” in 2022.
The reality for Diggs is that his interception total is likely to go down in 2022. Quarterbacks know he is a ballhawk and are nervous to throw the ball in his direction. Peers like wide receiver D.K. Metcalf even questioned why QBs still throw passes his way.
However, someone who allegedly wasn’t so worried about Diggs was his main target in Week 2: Bengals star WR Ja’Marr Chase. Two days before the matchup, Chase had some not-so-friendly things to say about the Cowboys cornerback. Reporters asked what the 22-year-old thought about Diggs. He said:
"“He’s not too much on technique sound. He’s a little hit or miss. He’s all the way on or he’s not on at all, but he’s definitely a great athlete.”"
Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs has stellar performance against Ja’Marr Chase after WR talked trash before the game
In Week 1, Chase had 10 receptions for 129 yards. On Sunday, the Cowboys held him to just five receptions for 54 yards. However, against Diggs specifically, Chase had a meager two catches for 14 yards. How’s that for not technically sound?
Diggs wasn’t even asked about the comments from Chase until after the game. When reporters wanted to know what kind of reaction he had to hearing what the WR said, the CB seemed unfazed:
"“People want reactions. I don’t give anyone reactions. That doesn’t really do anything for me. I know what I’m capable of. My coaches know what I’m capable of. My team knows what I’m capable of. So, I just go out there every play, give it all I’ve got. You know, we take care of the rest, try to get Ws.”"
Diggs had some big plays for the Cowboys defense, including a third-down stop against Tyler Boyd that saved the game for Dallas and helped set up the game-winning field goal by Brett Maher.
Chase may be a little more careful with his words moving forward as the Bengals went from a Super Bowl team in 2021 to an 0-2 start in 2022.