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How quickly is Kelvin Joseph starting for the Dallas Cowboys?

Kelvin Joseph got drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys and could be an impact starter right away. After missing out on Jaycee Horn (No. 8 to Carolina) and Patrick Surtain II (No. 9 to Denver), Dallas hopes Joseph fills an immediate need at cornerback for Dallas in a position group that is desperately lacking depth.

Last year’s second-round rookie Trevon Diggs was thrust into the starting position after the departure of Byron Jones in the offseason and injuries to starters Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. He ended up starting in 11 of the 12 games he played, finishing the season with three interceptions, 14 passes defended, and 49 solo tackles, second only to Jaylon Smith on the team.

Joseph could be asked to come in and take the other starting outside corner spot, opposite Diggs. With Awuzie leaving for the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency, and only Lewis and Brown on the depth chart signed as slot corners, Joseph’s skill set fits perfectly for the second boundary corner.

In a piece done by Bob Sturm of The Athletic, he conducts a deep analysis into Joseph and film from his lone season here at Kentucky. He brings up the reasons why Joseph transferred from LSU to Kentucky, and how some scouts had him ranked lower because of off-field concerns such as a disinterest in football or an over-interest in rapping.

In the film, Joseph was mainly playing the outside corner in heavy Cover 3 schemes against Mississippi State, and then in man coverage following the receiver in motion against Tennessee. In both games, he was able to come away with an interception, and Sturm notices that, mentioning how he is always looking for the ball when he drops back in zone coverage, or when he lined up man-to-man against another receiver.

At the Cowboys rookie minicamp, Joseph is quickly adjusting to the NFL day-to-day, mentioning how he’s ready to help the Cowboys get to the Super Bowl, while also saying how going up against the Cowboys receiving core of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup in practice is going to help him become a better corner. He also added that music is a hobby when asked about his rap career.

As long as the rookie sticks to his word, he can be an impact starter for the Dallas Cowboys from Week One.

[The Athletic]

Article written by Pranavdeep Singh

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6 Comments for How quickly is Kelvin Joseph starting for the Dallas Cowboys?

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:44 pm May 16, 2021 Permalink

    How much money will he lose if he gets bored and randomly ops out of games?

    • Brutal Hustler
      9:35 pm May 16, 2021 Permalink

      Are you going to cry

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:34 pm May 16, 2021 Permalink

      Nope, I’m laughing.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:38 pm May 16, 2021 Permalink

      Fine I’ll explain myself since it upset you so badly, it’s called sarcasm. If somebody making that much money can’t take a joke we’re all doomed. I personally hope he does well if for no other reason than being able to say we keep producing DBs while recruiting.

  2. clarks
    8:14 pm May 16, 2021 Permalink

    I dont hold it against him for opting out. Football players can get injured any second and he was set for monster payday. Would rather he stuck it out for regular season and opt out of the bowl but it did get Carrington valentine some key reps for the future so in that way kinda did us a favor

  3. brassnux66
    12:53 am May 17, 2021 Permalink

    He was opting out of plays before he opted out of games. Hopefully he will learn that he has to cover his guy on every play