2. Second Cornerback Spot (Kelvin Joseph)
The second, outside cornerback spot is currently undecided as Dallas tries to find replacements for the injured Anthony Brown. That is why there is no specific player that needs to have a strong finish, but rather the whole cornerback room behind Trevon Diggs needs to step up.
As much as Anthony Brown allowed the big plays and wasn’t top-tier in the secondary this season, the Cowboys are surely missing his presence on the outside.
Kelvin Joseph has filled in for Brown in his absence and the second-year corner has struggled. On Sunday, Joseph was benched after allowing two touchdowns, including a 59-yard score by Zay Jones in which the corner got burned on a double move.
Leading up to the Eagles game on Saturday, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has come out and said that “the competition is up for that spot.”
Can Nahshon Wright, the 6-foot-4 corner, make a name for himself and step up and claim that role? Wright played a season-high 19 snaps vs Jacksonville, and had a handful of impactful moments against the Eagles.
Or will it be Trayvon Mullen, a former second-round pick that the Cowboys claimed off waivers just last week? Mullen hasn’t lived up to his draft status, but can Dallas give him the opportunity to thrive?
Either way, whether it’s Joseph, Wright, or Mullen opposite Diggs on the outside, the Cowboys will need one of those players to step up and run away with it. That position has been a soft spot for Dallas all season, and could be a major problem for them in the playoffs.