Stud: KaVontae Turpin, Returner
The Cowboys added KaVontae Turpin as a player who could give them a spark on special teams and he gave them that late in the first half on Sunday night. Trailing 20-0, Turpin took the ball from four yards deep and ran it for 63-yards.
He showed off his speed and vision as he was flying down the field until he was bumped into by Kelvin Joseph. Had his own teammate not gotten in the way, Turpin might have taken it to the house.
While he didn’t take it back for six, he set the offense up at the Philly 41. They were unable to get it in the end zone, although Noah Brown nearly did, but still managed to put three points on the board. It wasn’t much, but it was their best drive of the first half, and it was all thanks to Turpin.
Then, in the third, Dallas started to make a comeback and Turpin had another huge play. This time, he took a punt back 34-yards to the 39. The only issue is, this one didn’t count thanks to a holding penalty on Joseph, which meant they started at the Philadelphia seven instead.
Dud: Kelvin Joseph, CB
This game might have looked much different if not for two mistakes from Joseph. The former second-round pick has yet to find a role in the base defense and spends most of his time on special teams.
On Sunday night, he got in the way of Turpin’s kickoff return which might have cost him a touchdown. He then cost them 32 yards on his third-quarter punt return, forcing the offense to cover 93 yards in order to score. Overall, Joseph has been good on these units but being a second-round pick, they expected more.