“It was good to come back and be able to train with him every day,” said Diggs. “He’s in the NFL so he knows what it takes, so I’m just his example – I compete with him every day, trying to improve myself, trying to hone my craft, work on my craft.”
Hopefully these representatives will be of use to him. When the Cowboys finish training in the next few weeks, Diggs is heading into one of the most open competitions on this year’s roster. And despite his rookie status, the second-round pick was clear on his intentions.
“I’m just adjusting and trying to compete every day,” he said. “That’s my goal, to compete for a starting place and to compete for a starting place.”
It will have fierce competition. The depths chart is littered with multi-year veterans like Anthony Brown, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Daryl Worley. There’s also another draft pick, fourth round Reggie Robinson, for good measure.
It’s a crowded room for Mike McCarthy, Mike Nolan and new high school coach Al Harris. Obviously, the Cowboys drafted No.51 Diggs overall for a reason, but he’ll have to prove he’s up to the role.
To that end, his older brother – who fought to become a rookie rookie as a fifth-round pick – had some great advice for him.
“The most helpful piece of advice he gave me is to never stop. Keep working, keep working hard every day – compete, compete, compete,” he said. “The only way to give yourself a chance is to do everything right. That’s one of the main things he told me, so that’s my main focus – to listen and try to compete.”
This opportunity is looming on the horizon. After this period of continued build-up, the Cowboys will head to the training ground. From there, Diggs can put what he’s learned into action.