Kelvin Joseph and the Cowboys' No-Fly Zone

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<small>UK Athletics</small>
[caption id="attachment_317450" align="alignnone" width="2560"] UK Athletics[/caption] With training camp underway all across the NFL, Kelvin Joseph is making flashy plays for the Dallas Cowboys. In his first few days, he has dubbed himself as the secondary's "Airplane Mode", looking to turn around the Cowboys’ woes in forcing turnovers and interceptions. In a secondary devoid of talent, Joseph’s addition seems like a valuable move for the Dallas secondary that has only lost cornerbacks to free agency, with Chidobe Awuzie departing for the Cincinnati Bengals this year, and Byron Jones leaving for the Miami Dolphins in 2020 free agency. Kelvin walks into a depleted secondary room which includes veterans Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis, both of whom combined for a total of four interceptions and 16 passes deflected across 2019 and 2020. The second-year cornerback from Alabama, Trevon Diggs, showed flashes as a rookie reeling in three picks to go along with 14 passes deflected. Competing for the starting spot opposite Diggs, the path for Joseph to become the other outside cornerback in Dallas can come very quickly. The Cowboys have been ranked 25th or lower in interceptions since Aaron Rodgers’ last MVP season in 2014. Kelvin is looking to change that, with him and Diggs as the main outside corners. In the first few days of the Cowboys training camp, Joseph has been getting reps opposite Diggs showing impressive coverage skills and his ball hawking abilities. If his potential translates quickly into the NFL, Joseph can take the league by storm because of the opportunities available for him to start his career. If Diggs and Joseph can lock down the starting cornerback spots for Dallas aged 23 and 21, respectively, the Cowboys defense can finally turn its fortunes around and rank near the top of the league in takeaways and interceptions, while allowing less than the 34 touchdowns they allowed in 2020, third behind only the defenses of Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans.

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