The Dallas Cowboys suddenly have one of the deepest secondaries in the league after they re-signed Donovan Wilson and traded for Stephon Gilmore.
Incredibly, the front seven is now the defense’s biggest weakness, which speaks volumes considering it boasts players like Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch and the grossly slept on Osa Odighizuwa.
Gilmore’s arrival transforms the outlook of the cornerback room. Not only does Trevon Diggs have a worthy sidekick, but it alleviates the pressure on Jourdan Lewis — if he’s still here — and DaRon Bland to become No. 2s.
Though entering his age-33 season, Gilmore put together an exemplary season for the underachieving Colts last year.
That didn’t stop a Commanders fan (yes, seriously) from talking trash about the Cowboys’ cornerback tandem. After the trade, the fan re-shared Terry McLaurin’s game-winning grab over Gilmore with a caption that implied McLaurin has owned Gilmore and Diggs throughout his career.
Micah Parsons was having absolutely none of it.
Cowboys Micah Parsons owns Commanders fan who disrespected Stephon Gilmore and Trevon Diggs.
Example No. 1,000 that proves Parsons is the best. The Defensive Player of the Year candidate rightly left McLaurin out of this. McLaurin is one of the best dudes in the league and is a top-10 talent at the receiver position. If not for inconsistent QB play, he’d be recognized in that tier, potentially even higher.
Yes, McLaurin got the better of Gilmore on this rep in a huge moment and yes, even Commanders fans are allowed to trash talk. But this blow lacked any semblance of substance, as Parsons pointed out in his reply.
At the end of the day, Gilmore compiled the fourth-best coverage grade among corners who played at least 1,000 snaps last year, per Pro Football Focus. He allowed a 63.4 completion rate when targeted, an 82.6 passer rating and two touchdowns. He tallied 11 passes defended, three of which came late in games to clinch wins for the five-win Colts.
As for McLaurin and Diggs, Cowboys and Washington fans have done everything possible to make a rivalry of this matchup.
Diggs famously took a swipe at McLaurin in October of 2020 before McLaurin burned him for a long touchdown on the next play. Like any box-office receiver vs cornerback matchup, though, Diggs has won his fair share of reps vs the former third-round pick.
Ultimately, there’s nothing to see here.
Just Parsons dunking on an out-of-line Commanders fan who subjected the team’s best player to unwarranted criticism.
While Diggs has matched up against McLaurin whenever Dallas and Washington play each other, something tells us Gilmore will want a couple snaps against the 2022 Pro Bowler to exact revenge after Indy’s loss to the Commanders.