Dez Bryant shows love to forgotten Jourdan Lewis amid praise of Cowboys secondary

Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (26) returns
Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (26) returns / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have several offensive playmakers and flaunted the league's most prolific offense in 2022 once Dak Prescott returned from injury. Despite that, there's a reason so many reporters and pundits believe Dan Quinn's defense will be the strength of the team.

Simply put, the defense is stacked. It's so loaded that several important contributors could be forgotten.

With high-profile stars like Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, DeMarcus Lawrence and now Stephon Gilmore in tow, the likes of Malik Hooker, Osa Odighizuwa, Dante Fowler, and even Donovan Wilson could slip through the cracks.

That being said, no defender is currently being more overlooked than Jourdan Lewis. With Dallas' secondary receiving ample praise all offseason following the Gilmore trade, Dez Bryant gave Lewis a deserved shoutout on Twitter.

Former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant defends Jourdan Lewis on Twitter

You really love to see Bryant supporting a good cause.

Bryant has remained active on Twitter chopping it up about the Cowboys since he was released following the 2017 season. It's clear the former All-Pro receiver has high hopes for Dallas next season, but he -- like countless other fans -- can't wrap his mind around the Lewis slander.

Ever since the Cowboys acquired Gilmore, analysts have been quick to mention Lewis as a cut or trade candidate.

We're guilty of it, too, though it's nothing against Lewis. It had everything to do with this salary and the fact he's recovering from a serious foot injury. After Dallas added $10.9 million to its salary cap, though -- giving them over $20 million in available funds -- it would make little sense to kick the veteran to the curb.

While the Cowboys are loaded at CB with Gilmore, Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland, there's legit question marks behind that trio.

Entering a make-or-break year three, Kelvin Joseph has converted to the nickel position, while Nahshon Wright hasn't developed at the rate Dallas would have hoped. To make matters worse for Wright, he's been sidelined at the start of OTAs so he's missing a golden chance to make a strong impression.

With Diggs not practicing everyday and Wright on the shelf, sixth-round pick Eric Scott Jr. has practiced with the first-team.

We wouldn't read too much into that, either.

The bottom line is Lewis was playing at a high-level before foot surgery. Any title contender needs multiple capable corners and keeping Lewis would give the Cowboys a formidable foursome (Diggs, Gilmore, Bland and Lewis).

Bland might have shined in the nickel as a rookie, but who's to say a team shouldn't have two proven slot defenders?

Dez's tweet holds a ton of substance, folks.

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