Three weeks ago we didn’t know what to expect from the Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback, Kelvin Joseph. With only 14 defensive snaps to his name, the second round pick from Kentucky didn’t have much film to go on.
Even going back to the college tape, Joseph was an uber-raw prospect with only nine starts on his resume. What he did manage to put on film was impressive (hence his selection in the second round), but it was a small sample size that carried an abnormal amount of risk.
In Week 16, Kelvin finally got the chance to show himself when the Dallas Cowboys made him the starter against the Washington Football Team. Joseph impressed, showing fundamentals, savvy, and comfort in his role as Dan Quinn’s boundary cornerback.
After sliding back into a reserve role in the Week 17 stinker against Arizona, Joseph was re-inserted as a starter in the regular season finale. Ending the regular season strong was critical for Joseph since his film would likely play a big role in the Dallas Cowboys personnel decisions this coming offseason.
Did Kelvin Joseph do enough the last three weeks to carve out a future role on this team?
Kelvin Joseph will likely be playing a big role, maybe even start, in the Dallas Cowboys first playoff game
According to former Dallas Cowboys scout and media insider, Bryan Broaddus, Kelvin Joseph may be getting another shot this Sunday…
Whether this means Joseph (aka BossMan Fat) gets the official start or just plays a top-3 role is unknown and largely unimportant. What’s so newsworthy is that Kelvin Joseph has established himself for such a big role, in such a short period of time.
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Playing 74 defensive snaps last week against Philly, Joseph logged another solid performance. He let an interception literally slip through his hands, but he put himself in position and consistently kept separation minimal.
If the Dallas Cowboys do what Bryan suggests, Dan Quinn will have Trevon Diggs on one boundary and Joseph on the other. Anthony Brown, who’s having a career year himself, will move to his natural position inside where he’s best suited to make plays in traffic.
Brown is a solid tackler and will be relied on to help stop San Francisco’s dominant running game. Brown is also an underrated blitzer, with for career sacks from the nickel spot.
Perhaps the move with Joseph is about the strengths of Anthony Brown just as much as it’s an endorsement of Joseph.
It’s an exciting time in Dallas. Not only do they enter the playoffs healthy and high-flying but they have a pair of two second round rookies for their secondary to build around.