The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to be optimistic about at the cornerback position. After snagging wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick, the Cowboys took cornerback Trevon Diggs, who some had mocked the team in the first round before the NFL Draft. Instantly the expectations for Diggs were high with his physicality at the line of scrimmage, length, and ball skills, thanks to his days playing wide receiver.
Dallas gets some help on its pass defense 🙌
The Cowboys draft Alabama CB Trevon Diggs with the No. 51 pick in the #NFLDraft
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 25, 2020
The lofty standards for the second-rounder aren’t just coming from critics and fans but also Diggs himself, who is eyeing a starting role in his rookie season.
“I’m just getting adjusted and trying to compete every day,” Diggs said on Thursday. “That’s my goal, to compete for a starting job and compete for a starting spot.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) July 30, 2020
His preparation for his first NFL season hit a roadblock when spring practices were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being limited to virtual meetings, Diggs couldn’t get the proper fieldwork in order to be ready for his rookie campaign, so he went back to an old way of training. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills, the older brother of Trevon, isn’t a stranger to helping his younger sibling, and he’s done so this offseason in South Florida.
“When I was in high school, we trained together every day,” Diggs said. “It felt good to get back and train with him every day. He’s in the NFL, so he knows what it takes. Therefore, I was following his lead and just competing with him every day to try to get better, trying to perfect my craft. It’s been a blessing. It was a blessing that we were able to have a home and training facility, somewhere to run routes. I’m getting a look every day, so it was good.”
Getting in route work, the younger Diggs said he had a good bit of success, but also admitted that his older brother might not have wanted to show him all the tricks of trade just yet.
“I won the majority of the time,” Diggs said. “We kind of stopped doing it a little bit because I felt like he got an idea of what was going on. He doesn’t want to show me too much, but I tried to get as much work with releases and things like that. I was happy.”
— Dem Dallas Boyz (@DemDallasBoyz) June 13, 2020
Diggs is relying on the knowledge from his brother to get him where he needs to be when the season kicks off.
“He’s been a blessing. I call him every day, after everything I do, after every meeting,” Diggs said. “Just trying to get tips, things he went through that he can help me on. He’s been a real help for me this offseason, just trying to prepare me for the NFL, getting my body right, getting my conditioning right, and doing everything I can to be able to compete in this league.”
New #Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs is the younger brother of wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
Prior to the #NFLDraft, Stefon wrote this letter to Trevon, welcoming him to the NFL.
It is very worth your time.pic.twitter.com/KIcKYUodeD
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) April 25, 2020
Having an older brother who plays the position you’ll face ever play on the professional level is a huge advantage for Diggs. That’ll help him with the competition he’ll face as the Dallas Cowboys have veterans Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, and Daryl Worley all lobbying for snaps, as well as fellow rookie Reggie Robinson.
Even during these unusual times, Diggs has remained focused on preparing as best he can for his inaugural NFL season. The CB1 slot is wide open and the talented rookie has his sights set on it.
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