The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has been absolutely electric in their first four games, continuing their turnaround season from 2021. So far this year, the defense hasn’t allowed more than one touchdown per game. It’s been a team effort, with several different players contributing sacks and tackles for loss.
However, one star who continues to shine, perhaps even brighter than last year, is the league’s reigning interception leader, Trevon Diggs. The 2021 All-Pro and Pro Bowler was given a lot of slack for his “boom or bust” coverage and Pro Football Focus gave him an incredibly low grade due to his high number of coverage yards given up.
In 2022, Diggs vowed to do two things. The first was to try and beat his 11 interceptions from the previous season. The second was to be a more complete corner and silence the haters.
We can’t speak for beating the 11 interceptions, although he does already have two this season bringing his grand total to 16 picks in just 25 career starts. However, we can tell you that he has truly become one of the best all-around cornerbacks in just four games.
The third-year cornerback had arguably his best game of the season on Sunday against the Washington Commanders. Not only did he get his second pick of the year, but he also made several other game-changing plays that helped the Cowboys seal a 25-10 victory.
Diggs had two huge pass break ups on fourth down to keep Dallas alive and was inches away from a third interception of the year. After silencing Ja’Marr Chase’s trash talk in Week 2 by keeping the star receiver to just two catches on fourteen yards, Diggs had another immaculate game guarding Terry McLaurin. The Washington WR was only able to amass two catches for 15 yards.
Cowboys fans obviously love the 23-year-old, but his peers and former players are noticing his improvements, too. Longtime Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted about Diggs’ performance midway through the ball game.
Sherman, a 5x Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion, certainly knows what it takes to be a high-level defensive back. He had 37 interceptions, 116 passes defended, and 495 tackles in his 11-year career. He was a key piece of the “Legion of Boom” in Seattle — a stellar unit that Diggs told reporters he watches often.
The Cowboys CB told Jori Epstein of Yahoo Sports that he would watch tape of Sherman to see how to maximize his role in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. Apparently, the young corner also gets advice from the now-retired DB through texts and Instagram messages.
"“I talked to Richard before, just getting tips and everything. It’s a great honor just to hear from him and how he’s seeing it. I see it, I watch tape, I see how [the Legion of Boom] system was. We got all the pieces to be just like that defense. If we keep going, the pace that we’re at, we can get there.”"
Clearly, the advice and film-room time has helped. Sherman isn’t the only former player recognizing what Diggs has been able to do this year. Nine-year DB Darius Butler tweeted about how experts that talked poorly about the Cowboys corner’s play last year “have been pretty quiet” lately, and Sherman quote retweeted it to add that Diggs looks “elite.”
The world of sports has always been about emulating the best of those who came before you and becoming even better. Diggs has the right idea and is executing on the field.