Could Trevon Diggs help Dallas’ shorthanded WR body?

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs caught 11 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown as a freshman at Alabama in 2016. Could he give the Cowboys wide receiver corps a boost in training camp?

“Of course he could,” Dan Quinn said, but Dallas’ defensive coordinator isn’t going to let him.

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During the offseason, the Cowboys traded former Alabama All-American Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and lost Cedrick Wilson Jr. in free agency. Dallas still has Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb, but with its next two wide receivers in 2021, receptions gone and former 1,000-yard receiver Michael Gallup still recovering from a torn ACL, the Cowboys drafted the wide receiver from the South Alabama Jalen Tolbert in the third round and signed Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington in free agency.

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But in training camp Monday, Washington broke his foot, and the other eight wide receivers on Dallas’ roster combined for 16 NFL receptions last season (all by Noah Brown).

“I imagine there are certain routes he would be outstanding on,” Quinn said of Diggs during an appearance on “The Doomsday Podcast” this week. “He did it in major college football early in his career before he moved out, so I’d say, ‘Yeah, he could. But no, he can’t. Yes, he could, but no, he won’t. What about that? »

Diggs earned first-team All-Pro recognition in the 2021 season, when he intercepted 11 passes, the most in the NFL in 40 years.

“I think he has the ability to follow the ball at full speed,” Quinn said, “and just catch the tip or the flash of a ball and be able to backhand that way, because he has excellent length. But there are a lot of people who have 33” arms. It’s his ball skills in the air that are the separation for me. When it’s in the air: ‘C’ is mine.’ It’s not, ‘I’m just trying to knock it down. It was in the air for me. And he wants to go get it.

Quinn said Diggs could be better in 2022. Although Diggs held opposing passers to a 55.8 rating in 2021, he gave up 907 passing yards and four touchdowns last season.

“We’re talking jump 1 to 2,” Quinn said. “I think he can also be the one that has a jump from 2 to 3 – Year 2 to Year 3. You can’t gauge him on interceptions alone. That’s not the only way I would say he’s had a successful year. There will be other parameters that will come into play for this.

Only two players have intercepted at least 10 passes in consecutive seasons in NFL history – Don Doll in 1949 and 1950 for the Detroit Lions and Tom Keane in 1952 for the Dallas Texans and 1953 for the Baltimore Colts .

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Cowboys secondary coach Al Harris said it was a feat Diggs could accomplish in 2022.

“I’ve seen it before,” Harris said Friday. “Not 11, but I was lucky enough to coach Marcus Peters, so I saw some ball guys. The first day Tre walked on campus, you could see the potential there. …

“You start the year, you set your goals high and you just lower your goals. Can he have a year like this? I honestly believe he can, so the sky’s the limit.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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