Three weeks ago, we didn’t know what to expect from Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph. With just 14 defensive snaps under his belt, Kentucky’s second-round pick didn’t have much film to go.
Even going back to the college strip, Joseph was an ultra-raw prospect with just nine starts on his resume. What he managed to film was impressive (hence his second-round selection), but it was a small sample that carried unnatural risk.
In Week 16, Kelvin finally got his chance to show up when the Dallas Cowboys named him a starter against the Washington Football Team. Joseph impressed, showing fundamentals, craftsmanship and comfort in his role as Dan Quinn’s cornerback.
After returning to a reserve role in the Week 17 Stink against Arizona, Joseph was reinserted as a starter in the regular season finale. Finishing the regular season strong was critical for Joseph, as his movie would likely play a big role in Dallas Cowboys personnel decisions in the upcoming offseason.
Has Kelvin Joseph done enough in the past three weeks to carve out a future role on this team?
Kelvin Joseph will likely play 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 get another chance this Sunday…
Whether that means Joseph (aka BossMan Fat) gets the official start or just plays a top 3 role is unknown and largely irrelevant. What’s so newsworthy is that Kelvin Joseph has established himself for such a big role, in such a short time.
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Playing 74 defensive snaps last week against Philly, Joseph put up another solid performance. He literally let an interception slip through his hands, but he got into position and consistently kept the separation to a minimum.
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 has a career year himself, will move to his natural inside position where he’s best placed to make plays in traffic.
Brown is a solid tackle and will be counted on to help stop San Francisco’s dominating running game. Brown is also an underrated blitzer, with career sacks of the nickel stain.
Perhaps the move with Joseph is as much about Anthony Brown’s strengths as it is about Joseph’s approval.
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 on.