Trevon Diggs is already one of the game’s elite cornerbacks, but Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach Al Harris found a creative way to further challenge the 2021 interceptions leader.
Diggs had the difficult task of covering Washington Commanders star wide receiver Terry McLaurin during Sunday’s Game at AT&T Stadium, a 25-10 Dallas victory.
Needless to say, Diggs was up for the challenge. Washington’s top receiver was limited to two receptions for 15 yards without a touchdown on the day. McLaurin would’ve found the end zone at least once if not for a terrific play by Diggs.
In the clip below, you’ll see Diggs knock away a pass attempt to McLaurin in the Cowboys’ end zone. But because Diggs didn’t come away with an interception, Harris jokingly punished the star corner by forcing him to do push-ups on the sideline.
Diggs led the NFL with 11 interceptions in 16 games last season, including two pick-sixes. Despite his ball-hawking skills, Diggs greatly struggled in pass coverage and allowed 1,068 receiving yards, per Pro Football Focus.
But Diggs has performed admirably well in coverage through four weeks, shutting down the likes of Cincinnati Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase (Week 2) while limiting the production of Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 and of course McLaurin in Week 4.
Just four games into the 2022 campaign, Diggs has already notched two interceptions and nine pass defenses. Diggs and Micah Parsons headline a Dallas defense that is allowing only 15.5 points per game heading into Week 5, the third-best mark in the league.
The Dallas defense has been instrumental in keeping the team afloat while starting quarterback Dak Prescott continues to recover from surgery on an injured hand he suffered in Week 1.
Diggs and the Cowboys will try to win their fourth straight game without Prescott when they visit the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium this Sunday.